Root Canals

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Horizon Family Dental Care

Dentists located in Baltimore, Hanover & Clinton, MD

An estimated 15 million people or more undergo a root canal every year. While many people dread having a root canal, the painless procedure can save your tooth from extraction. The experienced dental team at Horizon Family Dental Care, with offices in Baltimore, Clinton, and Hanover, Maryland, includes endodontic specialists who can perform your root canal with care and ease. To learn more about the root canal procedure, call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.

Root Canals Q & A

What Should I Know About Root Canals?


Root canals are a dental treatment aimed at saving a severely infected or damaged tooth. During the procedure, a specialist at Horizon Family Dental Care removes the pulp of your damaged tooth and then cleans, packs, and seals the tooth to restore health and function.

Your pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels for your tooth. If the pulp in your tooth becomes damaged or infected, you may experience tooth pain or sensitivity. When the infection is left untreated, it may cause your tooth to die, which requires tooth extraction. The goal of a root canal is to prevent you from losing your tooth.

How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?

Your dental specialist at Horizon Family Dental Care determines if you need a root canal during a comprehensive oral examination. To evaluate and diagnose oral health issues, the dental specialists use state-of-the-art 3D cone beam imaging, which generates a clear 3D image of all the structures of your mouth.

Your pulp may become damaged or infected if you’ve injured your tooth, your tooth is severely decayed, or you have a large filling. Repeated dental work on the same tooth may also increase your risk of needing a root canal.

If you’re experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity that may indicate something is wrong with your tooth, you need to contact the office right away for an appointment.

What Can I Expect During a Root Canal?

The experienced team at Horizon Family Dental Care understands your fears regarding the root canal procedure. But the team uses the most advanced tools and techniques available to minimize your discomfort including sedation. You may need more than one visit to the office to complete your root canal.

During the procedure, your dental specialist drills a hole in your tooth and removes the pulp. Then, your tooth is cleaned and disinfected with an antiseptic agent and filled with special dental cement. If needed, an impression of your tooth is made for a permanent crown, and a temporary crown is placed to protect your tooth.

Once your permanent crown is ready, your dental specialist has you come back to the office for permanent placement to restore your smile. With good dental care, including regular visits with your dentist at Horizon Family Dental Care, your root canal therapy should last for life.

A root canal is a routine procedure that offers many benefits to your oral health. To schedule a consultation with one of the endodontic specialists at Horizon Family Dental Care, call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.