A root canal therapy or endodontics is a treatment we use to save and restore your severely infected teeth. This procedure is designed to remove bacteria from your infected root canal and prevent further infection. We perform this surgery to save your infected teeth from extraction.
The procedure involves removing the infected pulp from inside your teeth and then disinfecting, filling, and sealing the area. Schedule an appointment with us if you experience the symptoms, and we will treat it to save your surrounding tissues from infection and abscesses.
When Should I Opt for Root Canal?
- When you experience persistent pain in your teeth
- When you feel sensitivity to hot or cold foods
- A root canal is required when your teeth suddenly get discolored.
- You may want to opt for this procedure in case of painful or swollen gums.
- This procedure may also be required in case of chipped or cracked teeth, as the opening could allow the oral bacteria to enter the root canal cavity and infect the pulp.
What are the Benefits of Root Canal Therapy?
- Root canal treatment removes all the infection from your tooth pulp and prevents reinfection.
- The results of root canal treatment are long-lasting. All you need to do is to maintain your oral hygiene.
- You may resume your daily routine within a few days after the procedure.
What Does This Surgery Include?
Before starting the root canal surgery, we will conduct your dental examination by taking an X-ray or CT scan to check the severity of the infection. The procedure may be a single visit treatment or require multiple appointments, depending upon the condition of your teeth.
We will give local anesthesia to reduce pain or discomfort throughout the procedure. We will also place a rubber sheet called gutta-percha around your infected teeth to keep the area dry and free from saliva. After this, we will make an incision into the site of the surgery to remove the infected pulp, bacteria, and decayed nerve tissues.
We will clean and disinfect your teeth thoroughly and then seal the area. You may opt for dental sealing or crowns to avoid the chances of reinfection.
How Long is the Recovery?
You may feel a little pain or discomfort at the site of surgery. We will prescribe you some painkillers and antibiotics to alleviate the pain. Swelling can be reduced by applying an ice pack on the site of surgery.
Avoid eating anything for 2 hours after the root canal treatment, and do not eat hard foods for two days after the surgery. Be careful while brushing your teeth.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Montpelier Family Dentistry, Laurel, MD, call (301) 604-0025 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 14502, Greenview Dr #100, Laurel, MD, 20708.