Do you have frequent toothaches? Are you noticing changes in the fit of your bite? You may have a dental infection. One of the best general dental treatments for infections is root canals. Root canals aren’t as bad as many patients think. Some may believe that the root canal procedure is painful. However, root canals are meant to relieve the pain caused by dental infections. In fact, patients feel more comfortable in their smiles following their root canal. At Horizon Family Dental Care, we ensure that the root canal treatment we provide in Baltimore, MD is pain-free for all patients.
Signs of Dental Infections
The most common signs of a tooth infection include:
- Gum and tooth sensitivity
- Frequent toothaches
- Facial swelling
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Changes in the bite
- Holes in the enamel (cavities)
Please contact our office if you have noticed any of these symptoms. A root canal treatment can preserve and save a tooth from needing to be extracted.
Why Root Canals are Necessary
The inside of a tooth can become infected when bacteria makes it way to the center of the tooth, the pulp chamber. The dental pulp is made up of cells, tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. They become damaged due to the severe tooth infection. Removing this dental pulp stops the spread of the infection. The goal of a root canal procedure is to save the natural tooth and prevent the infection from causing more damage to your body.
Root Canal Treatment
Our goal at Horizon Family Dental Care is to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your treatment. We will explain every step of the treatment to help you feel confident and relaxed. For our patients who suffer from severe dental anxiety or fear of the dentist, we can provide you with dental sedation. For every patient, we will use local anesthetic to numb the entire area round the tooth.
Once you are completely numb and comfortable, your dentist will begin the treatment. They will place a rubber dam around the tooth to keep it dry and isolate it for the treatment. Next, they will make a small hole in the tooth. This is accomplished with a dental drill and is painless however you may feel some pressure. Using small dental instruments, your dentist will gently remove the infected pulp from the middle of the tooth.
Then, we will clean the inner tooth chamber making sure the infection is completely gone. Your dentist will fill the pulp chamber with a biocompatible material that we use to stabilize the structure of the tooth. Finally, the tooth is sealed with a dental filling that matches the natural color of teeth.
For patients who need added support, we may recommend a dental crown. Tooth crowns are durable caps that fully cover the tooth. Dental crowns protect weakened teeth and help strengthen the tooth enamel.
Request a Dental Consultation Today
Are you dealing with sensitive teeth or toothaches? Ask us about root canal treatment to preserve the health and structure of your teeth. You can schedule a dental appointment with our dental professionals on our website. We serve patients in Clinton, La Plata, Baltimore, and Hanover.