The Annapolis dental office of Drs. Lee, Bonfiglio, Vesely & Associates offers root canal treatment to relieve tooth pain and restore teeth to optimal health and stability. A root canal involves removing damaged tissue and sealing the tooth with a filling, inlay/onlay or dental crown.
A root canal is not a painful procedure. Our dentists can offer you a variety of options to help with relaxation and to minimize any pain or discomfort during and after your treatment.
What is a Root Canal?
A “root canal” actually refers to the area inside of the tooth where the tooth pulp and nerves are located. More commonly, however, the term root canal is used to refer to a procedure that removes decay from the tooth chamber, restoring the tooth to optimal health.
Root Canal Symptoms
- Persistent toothache
- Sensitivity to hot/cold foods and drinks
- Darkening of tooth
- Soreness and/or swelling around the gums
If you have any of these symptoms, contact our Annapolis dentist office for an appointment.
About the Root Canal Procedure
Nearly all patients will receive root canal therapy in our comfortable Annapolis dental office. In the event that a specialist is needed, your dentist will prepare your treatment plan and refer you to a local endodontist.
The root canal procedure is relatively simple. First, the dentist will make a small hole to access the tooth pulp. The infected tissue and damaged nerve will be removed and the root canal will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The tooth will be temporarily sealed to keep out food and saliva until the next appointment.
Once the infection is clear and the root canal is free of debris, the dentist will fill the tooth with a biocompatible rubber compound called gutta percha. Finally, the dentist will cover the tooth with either a dental filling or tooth cap to add strength and protect it from future damage.
Root Canal FAQs
Will it hurt?
Generally speaking, the pain you feel comes from the infection inside the tooth. The root canal procedure will actually relieve tooth pain and start the healing process.
What if I don’t have the root canal?
Choosing not to have a root canal means the next option is a tooth extraction. When considering a root canal vs. extraction, it is important to remember that once a tooth is lost, the replacement options typically become more difficult and complicated. Your dentist will usually support a root canal, however, if you decide to move forward with an extraction, we can provide you with tooth replacement options including: a dental implant, bridge or denture.
How much does a root canal cost?
It depends considerably on your individual circumstances. Most dental insurance providers will cover a portion of the root canal procedure cost.