Naylors Court Dental Partners

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Root Canals

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Root Canals

Your root canal is located deep in your tooth. When the tissues in this area become infected or damaged, you need a root canal or root canal therapy in Pikesville, MD.

An infected root canal—even if it’s not very painful in the beginning—can lead to excruciating pain if left untreated. If it does not cause pain due to a dead nerve or emerging infection, it can still threaten your tooth and surrounding teeth. We typically find quieter root infections during your routine dental checkup.

If your root infection causes symptoms, you may notice:

  • A toothache or tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw pain and swelling
  • A blister on the gum near the infected tooth

Your dentist recommends contacting our dental office if you notice oral health changes, including tooth sensitivity.

If your dentist diagnoses a root infection, we numb the area, gently remove the infected tissues from the root canal, and then seal it off with a temporary, healing filling. At your next dental visit, we fit the tooth with a dental crown or filling—a dental crown if the tooth is weak.

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If you have a toothache or swelling, contact a team member today to schedule an emergency dental appointment.

A root canal treatment means your tooth is infected, severely decayed, or damaged, which leaves it vulnerable to fracture—sometimes even with treatment. A tooth crown helps protect the tooth by creating a barrier zone between your bite and the weak tooth.

First, your dentist assesses the tooth and makes the diagnosis. If you need a root canal, your dentist creates a tiny hole and removes the infected or damaged tissues. We close with a transient seal, which promotes healing. At your next appointment, we provide a dental filling if the root infection was minor and your tooth is stable. If the tooth is weak, your dentist in Pikesville will recommend a tooth crown to restore function.

The tooth crown allows you to smile and laugh, enjoy your meals, and not worry about the weak tooth. The crown, after all, creates a safety zone between the weak tooth and your bite force.

And you do not have to do anything special to maintain this crown. You treat it just like a toothbrush, floss, and visit your dentist on schedule.

For Root Canal Treatment in Pikesville, Contact Us

Don’t let a toothache or tooth sensitivity ruin your day. A gentle root canal treatment may be all you need.

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