Howard County Smiles Family Dentistry offers root canals in our Columbia, MD dentist office. Dr. Ray Becker may recommend a root canal to restore health to a damaged or diseased tooth. A root canal serves to preserve the natural tooth and avoid tooth extraction, supporting lasting dental health. Root canals can effectively remove tooth decay without compromising the integrity of the jaw or bite. Due to advancements in dentistry, the root canal process has become less painful and intrusive. Root canals can often be completed by Dr. Becker in just a single visit to our Columbia, MD dentist office.
Root canals are a conservative alternative to tooth extraction. Root canal treatments are routine and have a very high success rate (over 90%). Saving the tooth can prevent complex dental problems from occurring later on. If your tooth is extracted, unwanted tooth migration or shifting will occur, which can lead to difficulties in chewing. You will need to replace the missing tooth with expensive dental restorations such as a denture, dental bridge or dental implants.
Root Canal Procedure: What to Expect
The Howard County Smiles Family Dentistry team will work with our patients to ensure their optimal comfort during treatment. We believe that patient education can help relax patients and allow them to feel more confident in their oral health decisions.
The root canal process generally begins the same way as a tooth filling does; usually without greater discomfort. Dr. Becker will administer an anesthetic to numb the tooth and the surrounding area. The procedure is generally similar to a tooth extraction and patients are surprised at how comfortable they are.
Once the patient is comfortable and numb, Columbia, MD dentist, Dr. Becker will make a small hole in the back side of the tooth. Then, the infected pulp will be scraped out of the interior of the tooth. The tooth is then cleaned and filled with an inert, biocompatible material used to stabilize the structure of the tooth.
While root canals have a painful reputation, most patients actually experience pain caused by the infection, not the root canal procedure. Many patients even enjoy pain relief after the infection is removed, cleaned and sealed.
After the Root Canal
To strengthen the tooth after root canal therapy, Dr. Becker often recommends the placement of a dental crown to help support the structure of your tooth. Custom fit and color matched to your natural teeth, a dental crown fits around the tooth like a cap and will support the long term health of your tooth. After a period of time, you may experience pain in the affected tooth again. X-rays may show that the infection is still present around the root. In that case, you may need another root canal evaluation. Recontamination of the root canals can occur for a number of reasons including advanced gum disease, new tooth decay, ineffective dental crown placement, or cracked tooth.
Schedule an Appointment
Don’t let your tooth pain go undiagnosed. Dr. Becker offers a variety of services to help relieve your pain including a root canal in Columbia and Ellicott City, MD. Call today or schedule an appointment online.