Root canals carry a stigma of being an excruciating dental procedure due to a history of inadequate anesthesia treatments and patient anxiety in the chair. While many dentists continue to cut costs on top-of-the-line equipment, contributing to this stigma, our Guard Your Smile Dentistry in Annapolis, MD, uses advancing technology and accurate anesthesia dosages. So, you feel nothing. 

A root canal is a routine procedure performed frequently by dentsts worldwide. While they may once have been painful, these days they’re nothing to fear. Here’s an overview of root canals and how they help you keep your natural teeth healthy.

What Are the Signs I Need a Root Canal?

The most common sign you may need a root canal is pain in one or more teeth and sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages. These signs of infection double as symptoms of other oral illnesses, including cavities, so check with your dentist immediately to find and treat the cause of tooth pain. Also, ask your dentist about any of the following other root canal symptoms: 

  • Swollen, red, and tender gums with dying tooth nerves
  • Discharge from the socket of the affected teeth
  • A gray or brown tooth color as the tooth decomposes from the inside
  • Strain when chewing due to tooth sensitivity 
  • Forming abscess or growths  

Is a Root Canal Worth It?

Root canals, or endodontic therapy treatments, remove bacteria within the dental pulp before it infects your nerves, blood vessels, and tissues, causing gum disease and other gum and jaw ailments. They also prevent bacteria from traveling to other parts of your body and affecting your overall well-being alongside your oral health. Left unchecked, this bacteria can sometimes lead to strokes, heart attacks, and other alarming conditions, so it’s best to take care of it quickly.

What Is the Root Canal Procedure? 

The endodontist uses local anesthesia before making a deep incision in the infected tooth and extracting the infected pulp and all dead or dying nerves around the roots. Then, the endodontist cleans the inside of the contaminated tooth and shapes the canal, preparing it for a filling. Lastly, they seal it with a crown. This restorative measure is a highly sought-after alternative to pulling the tooth. 

Do I Need Downtime After the Procedure?

You may need two visits depending on the number of teeth infected. However, once treatments are complete, the only downtime necessary is to recover from the sedation or anesthesia, which takes an hour or two. Refrain from placing pressure on the area for a few days during the healing process.

Guard Your Smile with Our Safe Root Canals

We understand that often the thought of root canals leaves patients unnerved. That’s why we want to make the process as effortless and stress-free as possible. 

Call (410) 701-3618 to schedule a consultation with Guard Your Smile Dentistry today if you believe your oral health would benefit from a root canal.