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By PearlFection Dentistry
February 18, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Five words no one welcomes: “You need a root canal.” But if you are delaying treatment because you are worried about pain and an uncomfortable day in the dentist’s chair, please think again! Dr. EJ Stringer at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, will put all your concerns to rest. Modern root canal procedures are designed to repair your damaged tooth gently and efficiently and leave you with a restored natural tooth that can last a lifetime.

Why might you need a root canal?

First, a little tooth biology. Each tooth has a crown (the part we see above the gums) and one or more roots (the part of our tooth below the gum line that is attached to the bone in our jaw). The tooth has three basic layers: the hard enamel and cementum that cover the outer crown and root, the softer dentin beneath that layer, and, on the inside, the pulp. Pulp is made of living tissue and contains the blood vessels and nerves that nourish the tooth and keep it vital.

Even with the protection the enamel and dentin provide, sometimes the pulp can be infected or damaged. If you have suffered an injury to your mouth or jaw, or an infection has developed from an opening in the tooth caused by a deep cavity or crack, you may need a root canal to prevent further infection, pain, and even tooth loss. Call our office immediately if you feel pain with chewing or pressure, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, swollen, and tender gums around a tooth, or tooth discoloration.

The Root Canal Procedure

If a root canal is necessary, the procedure is very straightforward. After the area around the tooth is numbed, we will make an opening in the crown to allow access to the pulp inside. Very small instruments will be used to clean the inner tooth and remove bacteria and dead or dying tissue. The area will be thoroughly disinfected, and the inside shaped and then filled and sealed. A temporary filling or crown might be placed on the tooth to prevent bacteria and food from entering the site if a permanent crown needs to be created. The entire process usually takes from one to three visits.

If we suggest a root canal, it is because this is the best way to save your tooth. Please feel free to talk to us about your particular needs and concerns. Which tooth is affected, how many roots are involved, what type of filling or crown might be best—we will work with you to provide all the information you need and all the options you have available.

Common Concerns

Are you concerned about pain?

The most painful part of a root canal is often the severe discomfort your tooth causes before treatment. And infections and damaged nerves can affect not only the injured tooth but the gums, tissue, and even bone surrounding it. With our modern dental techniques, a root canal procedure is often no more uncomfortable than a regular filling. The local anesthetic we use will prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure, and, while the area around your tooth might be a bit sensitive following treatment, the pain caused by the infection or injury should be gone

No one welcomes the news that a root canal is necessary, but with today’s procedures, this treatment can be just what you need to relieve your pain and keep your natural tooth where it belongs for many years to come. And that is welcome news, indeed! Please call Dr. Stringer at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, today at (301) 663-5550 for an appointment!

By PearlFection Dentistry
March 19, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

If you have ever had a tooth filled you probably remember how much worse the anticipation was than the procedure itself. In truth, a root canal procedure, though it takes longer than a filling, is not much different from having a large cavity filled. But for a clearer picture please reach out to your Frederick, MD, endodontist of PearlFection Dentistry.

You will be seated and your dentist will likely convey to you what you can expect, and then begin preparations. Beginning with local anesthesia, and thanks to it you should not feel more than minor discomfort as the procedure takes place.

What Happens During the Procedure?

What your doctor is doing as you sit back is removing a portion of your tooth, seeking to expose the nerve center of it, which is called the pulp. It's when the infection reaches this part of the tooth that causes that very familiar pain.

To halt the decay and to relieve you of pain the infected parts of your tooth have to be removed, including the pulp all the way down through the canals in the root of your tooth.

Besides pain relief and the stop of harmful decay, a root canal also helps to save your tooth.

Root Canal in Frederick, MD

After the procedure, the tooth is sealed with a temporary material until your next appointment when a permanent filling or a crown is applied. You may require oral antibiotics for a time, but once you return to normal, thanks to the root canal the pain you once felt should be gone and your tooth as useful as it was.

If you want this to be you then don't wait any longer for relief. The longer you do the more you risk complications, and the pain you feel is not likely to quell on its own. So make an appointment today with your local professionals of PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, by dialing (301) 663-5550.

By PearlFection Dentistry
February 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Dealing with a toothache? You might need a root canal.

A root canal is one of the most commonly performed dental treatments and yet, it has gotten such a bad reputation over the years. Ofroot canal course, despite all the negative hype and myths surrounding this treatment it actually offers major benefits for a smile that is dealing with an infected or damaged tooth. Our dentists at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, Maryland and Urbana, Maryland could even end up saving your tooth in the long run thanks to performing this simple endodontic procedure.

A root canal is a procedure done by a dentist where the tooth is opened up and a small flexible rotary tool is inserted into the tooth's canal(s), where the nerve and pump reside.  The rotary action of the tool, along with other techniques will remove the pump and nerve.  This will result in a tooth with no more sensitivity.

We recommend root canals being done by a trained endodontist with advanced training in root canal therapy.  Every dentist licensed in Maryland is allowed to do root canals but when selecting a dentist to perform the procedure, ask them how many root canals they do weekly and if they are a board certified or board eligible endodontist.  If they say they are a board certified or board eligible endodontist, you will know they have advanced training in endodontic treatment.  Also, make sure your root canal is performed by a doctor with an endoscope.  This is an advanced piece of equipment with a microscope that allows the doctor to very accurately see inside the tooth and make sure he or she has cleaned out all the canals.  Many teeth have multiple canals.  Missing one of the canals will likely mean you will need the root canal to be done again at additional expense.  

Here are some warning signs that you might need a root canal:

A Toothache

A toothache is certainly not something you want to ignore as it’s trying to tell you something is wrong with your tooth. A toothache doesn’t just happen without a reason. While a toothache can have many causes, including a cavity, abscess and infection, a cracked tooth or nerve damage, it could also mean that the inside of your tooth is inflamed or infected and requires root canal treatment.  Some folks are simply more prone to toothaches than others.

Tooth Sensitivity

If you notice that your tooth suddenly hurts when you put pressure on it or is particularly sensitive to hot or cold foods or drinks this is something that you should have your Frederick and Urbana, MD dentist examine as soon as possible. The sooner dental treatment is done, usually the better and less expensive the outcome.  Waiting usually only makes things worth and can infect other teeth and cause irreversible bone loss, which further limits a patient's options for treatment.

If tooth sensitivity suddenly appears and doesn’t go away this might be a sign of damaged tooth roots, which will not heal on its own. To prevent the damage from spreading to other areas of the tooth our endodontist will need to go in and remove the bacteria and infection.

Discoloration in the Tooth

While yellowing teeth often happen as we get older or as a result of the food and drinks we consume, sometimes if the tooth suddenly appears darker this could mean that there is nerve damage. When damage occurs to the nerve and blood vessel (the dental pulp), we will need to open up the tooth to remove the affected pulp.  An endodontist can perform both internal bleaching and external bleaching of the tooth, during the root canal procedure.

Swollen Gums

Even though gum inflammation is usually synonymous with gum disease, if you only notice swollen gums around the problem tooth or a pimple-like growth develops on the gums then you need to get your tooth evaluated right away by a dentist.

If you are experiencing a toothache it’s important that you seek dental care as soon as possible. Luckily, our general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, can handle your dental problem, no matter whether it’s an emergency or not. Call us today. The office is located 45 minutes from Washington, DC, and 45 minutes from Baltimore.  We are the number one reviewed dentist in the state of Maryland and all your work can be performed in one location.  We also do IV sedation for those patients who are extra nervous. And if you want the entire aesthetic treatment, our doctors will even do Botox treatment at your 6 month cleanings.  

By Pearlfection Dentistry
July 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

How a Root Canal Can Help Your SmileRoot Canal

 

In the past, diseased or injured teeth often had to be removed. Today, they can be saved through root canal treatment. PearlFection Dentistry, with locations in Frederick and Urbana, MD, offers root canal therapy with a gentle touch. Our Frederick, MD, general dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Amadeus Lopez, and Dr. Melanie Smith; as well as our oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Chang; endodontist, Dr. Pratik Patel; and orthodontists, Dr. Jennifer Smith and Dr. Stephen Tigani, provide top-of-the-line dental care to our patients. Read on to find out how a root canal can help your smile. 

It Will Relieve Your Pain

You may need a root canal if you have a severe toothache. The intensity of the pain can range from mild to extreme. The pain may get worse when you chew and apply pressure to the tooth. If you have a toothache, don't ignore it. Root canal treatment will eliminate the pain you are experiencing.

It Prevents Tooth Loss

Root canal treatment is used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. Tooth extraction is not a good alternative to root canal therapy. Saving your permanent tooth is always the best option. An extraction is less expensive than doing a root canal. However, the downside is the space created by the missing tooth.

It Restores Tooth Function

After root canal treatment, a dental crown usually needs to be placed on the tooth to protect it and restore it to full function. A dental crown is a cap that replaces the exterior portion of a tooth to re-establish its original shape and function. A dental crown can restore your chewing ability, improve your speech, and enhance your enjoyment of life. 

It Has a High Success Rate

Endodontic techniques have improved significantly in the last decade. Root canal treatment has a very high success rate. Research shows that getting a root canal treatment provides a longer-lasting solution than having a diseased tooth pulled and replaced with a dental bridge, which can fail over time. If you take good care of your root-canal-treated tooth, it could last a lifetime.

So, what are you waiting for? Don't put off root canal treatment if you need it. Call Pearlfection Dentistry at 301-663-5550 right now to schedule a dental consultation in Frederick and Urbana, MD. We will provide all the relief you need, with relatively little expense and hassle. You have nothing to lose but your pain!

Dr. Patel - Endodontist & Root Canal Dentist in Frederick, MarylandDr Patel joined the Dental Practice of Dr Mullen and Stringer in April of 2013.  To prepare for the addition of Dr Patel, the decision was made to invest in the most modern root canal equipment on the market.  The practice purchased an advanced endodontic microscope built by Micronix and specialty endodontic drill, manufactured by WaveOne®, to ensure we had the best equipment on the market.  We also invested in digital x-ray sensors and large screen monitors and intraoral cameras, so diagnostics could be done instantaneously.  These new pieces of equipment and technology allow the doctor and his assistant to perform root canals with the most modern dental equipment and therefore give the patient the greatest prognosis of a good clinical outcome.

We asked Dr EJ Stringer why the decision was made to bring on another doctor.  She said “The decision to bring on Dr Patel was driven by our patients request to have more procedures done at the practice.  In the past, we sent out most of our root canals out to endodonists across town.  Our patients never really liked having to do that and they just felt more comfortable staying at our practice on Thomas Johnson Drive.  Now instead of going out to have root canals done, we’ll have them all performed in house.  By bringing on Dr Patel, we are able to have a specialist in the practice who is truly one of the best endodontists in the state.  Our practice and our patients are very lucky to have him”

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