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: What To Expect
Dr. Sheen takes a conservative approach to endodontic 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 endodontic 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 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.