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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. Of 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 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.
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.
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.
How a Root Canal Can Help Your Smile
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 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”