When a filling is not sufficient to restore a severely decayed or damaged tooth, a root canal may be just the right solution. We are pleased to offer comfortable root canal therapy for patients dealing with an aching, damaged, or severely decayed tooth. Keep reading to learn more about root canals in Potomac -- like how the procedure works and what you can expect if you need it.
We may recommend a root canal when the interior of a tooth has been affected by injury, or if an untreated cavity that has reached the pulp (or “nerve”). You will likely have a toothache in a tooth that needs a root canal -- this is often the first indicator that drives patients to the dentist’s office. Attending routine checkups and cleanings can help you avoid untreated problems that eventually turn into severely damaged teeth that require root canal. However, if you do need to have a root canal, that’s actually good news -- it means we have caught the issue right in time to rescue the tooth.
If you need to have a root canal, you can usually expect the procedure to be carried out over the course of 2 visits to our office. During the first appointment, the bulk of the procedure is completed. Your dentist cleans out the interior of the tooth, refills it with a biocompatible material, and applies a temporary restoration. You will return for a follow-up visit to receive the permanent crown that will restore the tooth.
Root canal procedures have the reputation of being very painful or something to dread, but there is nothing to fear from a modern root canal. We will administer local anesthesia and sedation as needed for additional relaxation. The procedure will only begin once we are sure you are completely comfortable.
We will thoroughly discuss the recovery process to help ensure that you heal as comfortably and quickly as possible.
In the days following your root canal procedure, keep the following in mind:
If you have an aching or damaged tooth that you suspect (or know) needs a root canal, don’t put off the inevitable. Acting sooner rather than later will make your life easier. Go ahead and get in touch with by requesting an appointment with your dentist in Potomac today. We’ll get you out of pain and on with your life!