Root Canal

So you’ve been told that you need a root canal:

No need to panic! Technology has come a long way and modern root canal is a quick, comfortable experience that’s comparable to a routine dental filling. Millions of teeth are saved each year with endodontic treatment, allowing our patients to protect and maintain their natural dentition, function and aesthetics.

 

Tooth Anatomy
Tooth Anatomy

Tooth Anatomy

Inside each tooth, underneath the hard white enamel layer, you will find a layer of dentin which is slightly porous and not as hard as the enamel. In the center of the tooth is a chamber or space that runs through the entire tooth as well as its roots. That chamber and canals hold the soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains the blood, nerve and lymph supply that was used to grow the roots of the tooth during tooth development. In a mature, fully developed tooth, the pulp tissue can be removed while the tooth remains fully functional, as at this stage it is nourished by the connective tissue surrounding the roots.

 

Root Canal
Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

Endodontist makes a small opening through the crown of the tooth. Through that access, very small stainless steel as well as rotary nickel titanium instruments are used to remove infected tissue and debris. After pulp is removed canals are cleaned and shaped.  Endodontist then cements the root canal with filling material. The tooth is then restored to full function and aesthetics by your family dentist.

Root canal treatment is noninvasive and has a short recovery time, easily managed with analgesics prescribed by us, your endodontists. This procedure does not cause pain, it is done to relieve it!

Myths About Root Canals

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We hope that our website helps answer your questions. However, please feel free to contact us if something is left unclear  Lutherville-Timonium Office 410-821-5553, Bel Air Office 410-836-7800.