Painless Root Canals in Rockville, MD
Root canals are a preferred conservative dental treatment option that can help avoid the need for a tooth extraction. They are often recommended in an effort to save the natural tooth from extraction when a dental filling is no longer a suitable option.
Rockville MD dentist Dr. Sarkarzadeh will make every effort to preserve the integrity and function of the natural smile. Root canals can protect the tooth and help to secure the structure of the jaw and bite. Root canals remove diseased tissue from the tooth and use an affordable dental crown to stabilize the tooth.
Contrary to popular belief, root canals are a routine dental procedure. Most patients experience little to no discomfort during treatment. The pain that is associated with root canal therapy is actually from the swelling and inflammation caused by the infection inside the pulp chamber of the tooth. Once Dr. Sarkarzadeh removes the diseased tissue from the inside of the tooth, most patients will enjoy relief from the pain caused by the infection of the tooth pulp.
When the Pulp Becomes Infected
Bacteria-causing germs can easily make their way into the pulp when a tooth is damaged in some way. The damage will expose the pulp making it susceptible to an infection from the bacteria. This condition is called pulpitis. Pulpitis can be caused by an untreated tooth cavity, trauma to the tooth, or a crack in the tooth.
It will not be hard to figure out if you have pulpitis or not because it is very painful. The only way to get relief from the pain is to have a root canal procedure done. If you are experiencing this type of pain, call our office as soon as possible for an appointment.
Root Canals: What to Expect
Your dentist can typically complete a root canal procedure in just one visit to our Rockville, MD dentist office. We will administer a local anesthetic to completely numb the area around the tooth. Dr. Sarkarzadeh will begin the procedure once you are comfortable.
In the first step, Dr. Sarkarzadeh will make a tiny hole in the back of the affected tooth to gain access to the pulp chamber. Using specialized tools, he will enter the tooth through the small hole, and remove the bacteria and diseased pulp from the interior of the tooth. The tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. This material will fill the tooth, stabilizing the structure of the tooth and sealing it off from future decay.
The final step of the root canal treatment is a dental crown. Since the integrity of the tooth is compromised once the tissue is removed, Dr. Sarkarzadeh recommends dental crowns after root canal therapy to strengthen the tooth and support a more stable bite. This will help prevent further decay or additional damage to the tooth. The dental crown will be colored matched to the surrounding teeth so that it blends in naturally. With a proper oral hygiene routine and regular visits to our Rockville, MD dentist office, the restored tooth can last a lifetime.
Root Canal FAQs
Are you put to sleep for a root canal?
No. Most patients are not put to sleep with general anesthesia for a simple root canal procedure. However, you will be administered local anesthesia to numb your mouth so that you do not feel pain or discomfort during and immediately after the treatment. The process is quick. The longest part of the process is waiting for the local anesthesia to fully numb your mouth.
How do I know if I need a root canal treatment?
You may need a root canal treatment if you have severe tooth pain localized to a single tooth. You may also need a root canal if you feel severe pain while chewing, and your tooth is very sensitive to anything touching it. There are also many signs that may make you think that you need a root canal, but your dentist may suggest a simple filling. Never diagnose yourself before visiting the dentist for a professional opinion and diagnosis.
Is it better to have a root canal or tooth extraction?
The answer to this question depends heavily on the amount of damage the tooth has experienced. Your dentist will always recommend saving as much of your natural teeth as possible because they are the best line of defense against bacteria and disease. Although, there are cases and special situations where a tooth is too damaged to be saved. Again, visit your dentist before making any assumptions about your unique dental issues.