We Specialize in Root Canal Therapy
Has your general dentist referred you for a root canal? Are you suffering from tooth pain and wondering if you might need a root canal? Below is important information regarding root canal therapy. Here at Chesapeake Endodontic Center, we provide premier surgical and nonsurgical root canal therapy services in Annapolis, MD. Our board-certified specialists are here to restore your smile to health and function.
When Would You Need a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is needed when a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth causing the nerve to become hyperactive, or when severe trauma has affected the tooth. When the pulp is infected, it will not heal on its own, and treatment is necessary to avoid further damage and prolonged discomfort.
How can you tell you may need a root canal? Some signs that pulp needs treatment include sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, painful biting, swelling, or a bad taste in the mouth. For some patients, there are no obvious symptoms and they are unaware a problem even exists until they are seen by their dentist for an exam
Endodontic therapy involves cleaning out the affected pulp and disinfecting the canals of the tooth. Then, the tooth is filled with a special material that helps prevent further infections and aids in healing the bone. Sometimes, a core build-up, bonded post, and crown are necessary to restore the tooth to function. These restorations are usually performed by your general dentist.
Unfortunately, sometimes nonsurgical root canal procedures cannot completely remove the infection from your bone. In these cases, our doctors perform endodontic apical surgery to save the tooth. Endodontic surgery is used to completely remove the infection (cyst) from the bone to stimulate healing. Various surgical procedures can be completed to save a patient’s tooth, but the most common is apicoectomy (also known as root-end resection).
During this microsurgical procedure, your doctor will resect the gum tissue near the tooth to look at the underlying bone and remove inflamed and infected tissue. The tip of the root is smoothed down and a small filling is placed to seal the end of the root canal. A few sutures are placed to help the tissue heal. Local anesthesia helps make the procedure comfortable, and patients are able to resume normal activities the next day. Post-surgery discomfort is usually minimal.
Root canal treatment can potentially last for a lifetime. However, sometimes a treated tooth doesn’t heal correctly, and that tooth can cause pain post-treatment. If you are experiencing discomfort in a treated tooth, you may need