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Root Canal: What to Expect

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What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that is required when the tooth’s nerve (pulp) has become infected or inflamed, and there is no other option for repair.

Reasons for Root Canal Procedure

There are several reasons why you may require a root canal procedure. These reasons include:

  • Tooth infection
  • An exposed nerve of a cracked or broken tooth
  • A dead tooth

The tooth’s nerve lies within the root canal. When the nerve tissue is damaged, bacteria will increase within the root canal and can cause the tooth to become abscessed. An abscess is an infection that has spread past the ends of the tooth’s root. An abscess can cause:

  • Bone loss around the tip of the root
  • A hole to form in the side of the tooth leading to drainage into the gums, cheeks, and skin
  • Swelling that can spread to other areas of the face, neck or head

What is the procedure?

Dr. Rever will discuss his plan to treat your oral pain and restore your smile. Next, a local anesthetic will be administered. Dr. Rever offers options for dental sedation, including inhalation conscious sedation (nitrous oxide) and oral conscious sedation to make sure patients are relaxed, comfortable, and pain-free throughout their procedure.

After drilling a small hole in the back of the affected tooth, the infected pulp is removed. The tooth is then cleaned, disinfected, and filled with a biocompatible material. The tooth is sealed to prevent future infection. Dr. Rever may recommend placing a dental crown to protect and strengthen the tooth and keep your smile functioning its best for years to come.

Are there other options to the root canal procedure?

The only other option to the root canal procedure is to have the tooth removed.

Dr. David Rever has been serving the Silver Spring area for over 30 years. Along with a team of dental professionals at Advanced Total Dental Care, he provides comprehensive, experienced care for all of your oral health needs and cosmetic goals. Disease prevention and a comfortable, functional smile are the foundation of our dental care and your long-term oral health.

Be sure to keep up with your regular check-ups and maintain a good oral care routine. If you have any questions or concerns, the team at Advanced Total Dental Care are ready to help you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.