The Ashley Dental Center is an approachable, friendly, and professional dental practice based in Adelphi, Maryland. If you have a tooth in pain or think you need a root canal, our office is here to help. At Ashley Dental Center, we treat patients who need root canal therapy and other dental restorations.
A root canal is a standard dental procedure that we carry out when the underlying layers of the tooth have suffered from ongoing decay and need to be cleaned and removed. It is estimated that more than 15 million root canals are treated every year in the United States.
You can look for signs to determine whether you need a root canal. Of course, discuss any concerns with your dentist as they will offer their professional opinion. Potential warning signs can be:
It will be necessary to have at least two appointments to complete the course of treatment. The root canal process involves your dentist trying to save the healthy part of the tooth by removing the infected or decayed area. The dentist will thoroughly clean and disinfect the remainder of the exposed tooth area. They will fill any root canals with a rubber-like material, disinfect, and place either a temporary or permanent filling or crown in its place (if you have chosen your ideal one).
If you have the temporary filling put in, you will then need to return for a second appointment so that the dentist can fit the permanent filling. This will ensure the area is protected from future damage and feels comfortable when you bite down.
You will not feel any pain during the procedure itself, as your dentist will provide you with a local anesthetic to numb the area and ensure you cannot feel anything as they carry out the root canal.
The area might feel sensitive for a few days once the anesthetic wears off. Occasionally antibiotics will also be prescribed to ensure no infection remains and pain is kept to a minimum.
Your dentist will discuss how to maintain good oral hygiene at home and will want to have a follow-up appointment to ensure all is well. The important thing is to prevent any need for future root canals.
The final cost will depend on how many appointments you need, how many teeth require treatment, and your chosen permanent fillings.
Your dentist will discuss any relevant treatment costs before commencing treatment. We will work with your insurance provider for an affordable treatment option. We offer financing options as well if you require care through medical insurance.
Most patients agree that the pain before a root canal is much greater than any discomfort during or following the procedure. Receiving a root canal if necessary is essential to help you maintain a healthy smile. For more information about root canals or to schedule an appointment today, call our office.
We’ll provide you with an informative consultation at your initial appointment, covering any concerns and questions you may have. We’ll also give you a complete dental examination to see if you have any dental issues that need addressing. We provide a relaxing and comfortable environment and have solutions for all of your dental needs.