When patients learn that they need a root canal, they usually have two concerns: that it will hurt and that they will have to see a specialist. At Frederick Family Dentistry, we can put your mind at ease because we have performed thousands of root canals right here in the comfort of our Frederick, MD dental office. In fact, Dr. Ganjavian is highly skilled when it comes to root canals and always makes sure that our patients are comfortable during their procedures.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
Root canals usually become necessary due to an infection inside your tooth at the root. Because it is an internal infection, the symptoms can be particularly painful since the roots of your teeth are home to your nerves.
Root canals can also cause a number of other painful side effects such as swelling, sensitivity, and jaw pain. We can take an x-ray to see if your infection is visible, or we can perform a simple test to determine if your tooth requires a root canal.
When you have a root canal, it is an effort to save a tooth that might otherwise require an extraction. Keeping your natural teeth is often the healthiest and most cost-effective way to protect your smile.
How Do Root Canals Work?
Many people are afraid that root canals will be a painful procedure; however, the symptoms are often far more painful than the solution! Dr. G will make sure that you are completely comfortable for your root canal procedure before he gently and expertly removes any sign of infection and bacteria from inside your tooth. He uses precision instruments, designed for your comfort, to completely eliminate bacteria and diseased tissue so that your body can begin to heal.
Once the procedure is complete, he will apply any necessary medication and seal your tooth to prevent further re-infection.
Root Canal After-Care
After healing occurs, Dr. Ganjavian will perform a follow-up exam and make a recommendation for a permanent restoration. In some cases, a simple filling will do the trick. When it comes to molars, which absorb most of the force from chewing, you may need a more sturdy restoration called a dental crown. Crowns completely cover your tooth structure above the gum line and protect it from day-to-day chewing and talking.
After a root canal, your tooth will be more brittle, so the appropriate restoration is important. We will help you make a good decision for your dental health and recommend treatment that can extend the life of your tooth by many years.
Do You Have Tooth Pain?
Call Frederick Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment with Babak Ganjavian, DDS. He, along with our friendly and skilled staff, will help you achieve and maintain optimum dental wellness.