Early identification is the key to avoid root canals. When cavities are spotted early enough, a filling can prevent the need for a root canal and additional endodontic therapy costs. However, if the bacteria that causes cavities is allowed to penetrate the tooth structure and infect the pulp, this will lead to an infection that needs to be treated.

The best way to know if you need a root canal is to get a dental checkup from your root canal specialist in Columbia, MD. However, there are several signs you can look for without your endodontist. Serious teeth pain and sensitivity when eating or when exposed to extreme temperatures, darkening of the tooth, or swelling or tenderness of the gums can all be indications that your infection is advanced enough to require a root canal.

Root canal therapy is necessary when a tooth has become badly decayed or infected past the point of a simple tooth filling. This infection is not something that can heal on its own. If left untreated, the tissue around your tooth will become infected and an abscess may for. An infection of your pulp can cause further tooth decay or loss and require dental implants or bridges.

The steps for a root canal treatment are relatively simple. After applying anesthesia, your endodontist will drill into the infected tooth and remove all damaged nerve and pulp tissue. Once the infection is removed, the tooth will be sealed or given a temporary filling until a customized crown can be placed.

When performed correctly, the sensation of a root canal is very similar to that of a regular tooth filling. The treatment itself is completely painless and it will immediately relieve the pain caused by the infection.

For dental procedures that require multiple visits, your dentist will most likely recommend a temporary filling. This will provide a protective barrier between appointments to prevent any bacteria or acid from entering an exposed cavity or for any further damage to occur from chewing and biting.

On average, any difference in the feel of your tooth will disappear in two to three days. If a second surgery is required to fit a permanent crown, it usually takes one to two weeks to become used to the crown.

For the most part, your root canal filling can be cared for in the same way you care for your other teeth. Regular brushing and teeth cleaning will help keep your filling clean. You will also need to keep an eye on any signs of degradation, which will happen eventually over time.


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Columbia, Maryland 21045

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