When it comes to the internal makeup and structure of your teeth, nothing compares to what nature has provided you with. Over time, the dental pulp inside your teeth that provides nourishment and sensory response can become infected or damaged. This irreversible problem will usually require a root canal procedure to preserve the function of natural teeth.
A root canal serves to preserve the natural tooth to support lasting dental health. They are a conservative alternative to extracting the damaged or diseased tooth. Root canals are very effective removing the tooth decay without compromising the integrity of the jaw or bite.
Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?
The phrase ‘root canal’ seems to terrify patients. The perceived pain (and cost) associated with this procedure is not as scary as most people think. Root canals are necessary when a patient is suffering from a lot of pain associated with an abscess, severe cavity, damaged teeth, or trauma. The dental team at our Annapolis, MD dentist office takes the time to educate our patients on what to expect at every step of the process. We will also make sure are comfortable during the treatment.
Most patients experience pain caused by the infection, not the root canal procedure itself. The truth is many patients will enjoy the pain relief after Dr. Sheen removes the infection and the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Most patients report that their root canal was no more uncomfortable than a dental filling.
Root Canal Therapy in Annapolis
Dr. Sheen takes a conservative approach to endodontics care. When feasible, he can provide root canal therapy to relieve the pain associated with inflamed or infected dental pulp – using the latest technology to ensure patient comfort both during and after treatment. The primary goal is always to save natural teeth, and each patient receives a comprehensive review of their nerve structure prior to the start of any endodontics treatment.
Dr. Sheen will begin the treatment by administering an anesthetic to numb the tooth and the surrounding area. Once the patient is comfortable and numb, he will make a small hole in the back side of the tooth. Then, the infected pulp will be scraped out of the interior of the tooth. The tooth is then cleaned and filled with an inert, biocompatible material used to stabilize the structure of the tooth.
In many cases, the placement of a dental crown after the root canal is recommended. This can ensure that the tooth remains strong and stable for many years to come. A dental crown will be custom designed to match the color of the adjacent teeth.
If extensive or specialized treatment is required, Dr. Sheen provides referrals to the best Endodontists and Root Canal Specialists in the Annapolis area.
Root Canal FAQs
Is a crown necessary after a root canal procedure?
It depends on which tooth is treated. A dental crown after a root canal provides reinforcement to your tooth. If your molars or premolars are affected, then you will need a tooth crown to protect the tooth. Front teeth, canines, and incisors may not need a dental crown. Although adding a dental crown is not necessary after every root canal procedure, they do help restore your tooth’s health and functionality.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
The number one symptom to look out for is major tooth pain in a centralized area, or in a specific tooth. Infections cause pain. If your tooth hurts after biting down on something, you have an infection that has reached your tooth’s root. It’s best to address tooth pain as soon as you notice it to prevent more damage and discomfort.
Is a root canal covered by dental insurance?
Yes. Many dental insurance providers cover part of the cost of this restorative dental procedure. It is very unlikely that your provider does not cover at least part of root canal treatment to save your tooth. Most dental insurance providers consider a root canal as a major dental service and may cover the entire cost. Contact your dental insurance provider for specific details.
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Root canal therapy can safely restore your dental health, relieving pain and allowing the natural tooth to support your long term dental health. For more information, or to find out if you are a candidate for endodontics treatment, contact Dr. Sheen today. Call (443) 482- 5202 or schedule an appointment online.