Root Canal Therapy


The Ashley Dental Center is an approachable, friendly and professional dental practice based in the Adelphi, Maryland area. 

Get in contact with us to organize your necessary dental needs.


What Is a Root Canal?

A Root Canal is a common dental procedure that is carried 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 US.


The Signs To Look Out For

There are some signs that you can look out for to determine whether you need a root canal. Of course, discuss any concerns with your dentist as they will be able to offer their professional opinion. 

Potential warning signs can be. 


  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold food/drinks
  • Persistent tooth pain which can wake you up at night
  • Sensitive gums
  • Pain when chewing foods
  • Dark spots on your teeth or sudden discoloration 
  • Any chipped teeth not caused by an accident 
  • Swelling around your face or neck 


What Will The Procedure Involve? 

It will be necessary to have at least two appointments to complete the course of treatment. The process of a root canal involves your dentist trying to save as much as possible of the healthy part of the tooth by removing the area that is infected or decayed. 

They then thoroughly clean and disinfect the remainder of the exposed tooth area, fill any root canals with a rubber like material, to prevent any future infection occurring and then place either a temporary/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. 


Will The Procedure Be Painful?

You will not feel any pain during the procedure itself as your dentist will provide you with local anesthetic to numb the area and ensure you cannot feel anything as they carry out the root canal

The area might feel a little sensitive once the anesthetic wears off for a few days after. Occasionally antibiotics can also be prescribed to ensure no infection remains. 

Your dentist will discuss with you 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. 


How Much Will It Cost? 

The final cost will depend on how many appointments you need, how many teeth require treatment and your chosen permanent fillings. 

Any relevant treatment costs will be discussed by your dentist prior to commencing treatment. 

We also offer financing options as well if you require care through medical insurance.