Root Canal Therapy

Ellicott City Smiles offers a number of restorative dentistry procedures, listed below.

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Root Canal Therapy

At Ellicott City Smiles, painful root canals are a thing of the past. We’re not your old-school dentist! With today’s modern dentistry, combined with our dentists’ utmost concern for the comfort of every patient, root canals are virtually painless. Most of the time they can be completed in one visit.

Understanding the Cause and Treatment

Underneath your tooth’s outer enamel and within the dentin is an area of soft tissue called the pulp, which carries the tooth’s nerves, veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Root canals are very small, thin divisions that branch off from the top pulp chamber down to the tip of the root. A tooth has at least one but no more than four root canals.

When a tooth has a deep cavity or fracture allowing bacteria to seep in, it becomes infected and the tooth can die. Damaged or dead pulp causes increased blood flow and cellular activity, and pressure cannot be relieved from inside the tooth. This commonly causes pain in the tooth when biting down, chewing, or applying hot or cold foods and drinks.

The tooth will not heal by itself and, without treatment, the infection will spread. The bone around the tooth will begin to degenerate, and the tooth may fall out. Pain usually worsens until one is forced to seek emergency dental attention.

The only alternative to root canal therapy is usually extraction of the tooth. This can cause surrounding teeth to shift, resulting in a bad bite. Though an extraction is less expensive and sometimes necessary, the space left behind will require an implant or bridge, which can be more expensive than root canal therapy. When you have the choice, we recommend you always keep your original teeth.

Contact us today to discuss your options and book an appointment.

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