Contrary to some urban legends, root canal treatment is a comfortable procedure that both relieves dental pain and saves damaged teeth from having to be extracted. Here at Mendelson Family Dentistry in Owings Mills, PA, your dentists, Dr. Harold Mendelson and Dr. Herbert Mendelson, use this procedure to protect patient smiles—read on to see if you might need to receive one as well.
Root Canal Treatment in Owings Mills, MD
If you're one of the 90% of American adults with at least one dental filling, you'll be relieved to learn that the root canal process is actually very similar to having a cavity filled. When the pulp (the network of nerves and soft tissue inside every tooth) becomes inflamed or infected, a root canal procedure may be necessary to remove bacteria and any damaged tissue in order to save the tooth. Bacteria can enter the canal through a crack, fracture, or cavity.
Symptoms and Signs that You May Need a Root Canal
A dental exam is necessary to determine whether you'll need a root canal. Schedule an appointment if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Pain or throbbing in a tooth
- Pain when you bite down or chew
- Ongoing hot or cold sensitivity
- Gum tenderness or swelling around the tooth
At the appointment, your dentist will likely order an X-ray and perform a dental exam. If you need a root canal, you will receive local anesthetic so that you are comfortable throughout the procedure, during which your dentist will create a small opening and remove the damaged tissue (known as a pulpectomy) and clean the tooth before resealing it. After a root canal, your tooth will feel and function as good as new!
Find a Dentist in Owings Mills, MD
For more information about root canal therapy and how to protect yourself and your family from tooth decay and gum disease, contact Mendelson Family Dentistry, PA, by calling (410) 356-4100 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Harold Mendelson or Dr. Herbert Mendelson today.