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Root Canal Treatment Annapolis, MD

Root Canal An Overview

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.

As a patient of more than 25+ years in this dental practice, I have the vantage point of having seen it grow and mature. As the doctors have continued their educations, the quality of care has continued to be superior. Innovative dental technology and up to date procedures are always at the forefront of the doctors abilities to care for me and my family. The staff of the practice are all long term employees. That tells me that the doctors care for their employees. I know that if I should have some type of dental emergency that I will be seen quickly.John T., Annapolis
Usually when people say, "I have to go to the dentist," it is said as if it were a fate worse than death...well, not for me. I LOVE going to the dentist...and so does my seven year old! Dr.'s Lee, Bonfiglio, Vesely, & Associates is a great dental office. The office staff is friendly and helpful, the hygienists are highly knowledgeable and make the patients feel comfortable, and the dentists are personable and are truly interested in YOU as a person...not just a patient.Susan R., Annapolis
The office staff and environment has always been so welcoming and professional. From the time I walk into their very esthetically pleasing waiting room to their most up to date technology operatories, I have confidence that my dental experience will be a good one. I feel so comfortable in knowing everyone will strive their best to make my dental appointment pleasant. I recommend this office with 5 stars!!!Susan S., Annapolis this practice! Never thought I could say I feel at home in a dental office, but I certainly do here. Everyone is so friendly and knowledgeable. They absolutely go out of their way to make you feel special. I always know I am getting the best possible treatment to meet my individual needs. Without a doubt, this practice is second to none. I highly recommend it to everyone!Karyn G., Annapolis

Root Canal What to Expect

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 a root canal hurt?

Generally speaking, the pain you feel comes from the infection inside the tooth, and is felt before treatment starts. The root canal procedure will actually relieve tooth pain and start the healing process. Patients usually report that their pain has disappeared right after the procedure.

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. Root canals are considered a necessity and are usually covered by insurance plans. Contact your dental insurance provider for more specific information, or give us a call today.

What can't you do after a root canal?

After your root canal, avoid eating hard, crunchy, or hot foods or drinking hot beverages. Do not drink alcohol and do not use tobacco products. Additionally, avoid strenuous activities including exercise. Finally, avoid biting with the treated tooth.

Why can't you use a straw after a root canal?

Sucking wtih a straw can potentially disloge the temporary filling, cause bleeding in the treated area, and create pain and discomfort.

Can I brush my teeth after a root canal?

Yes, you can brush your teeth after your root canal. It’s best to brush once your tooth or teeth are no longer numb. Brush gently to avoid irritation or bleeding, using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Avoid using toothpaste with abrasive ingredients.


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