/Root canals are extremely common, in fact they are the most frequently occurring service provided by an Endodontist. Most traditional root canals take two visits to complete treatment. However, Access Endodontics using advanced technology, Biolase, can complete the root canal procedure with just one visit. Using these advanced tools, these procedures are now more comfortable, efficient, and effective. In just one visit to our office, you’ll be free of pain with a natural, fully functional tooth.

An infected tooth occurs when the pulp inside a tooth becomes irritated or inflamed from a crack, decay, chip, or repeated dental procedures. As a result, there is inflammation and pain. At this stage most individuals visit their dentists, only to learn that they’ll need a root canal. The good news is that today, root canals have a 97 percent success rate, consequently avoiding a more invasive tooth extraction.

Reach out to Drs. Lina Jarboe and Burton Waxman at Access Endodontics at 410.304.7226 or connect with us online to schedule an appointment or learn more about what to expect during a root canal.

Do You Need a Root Canal?

Patients are referred by their dentist to an endodontist for a root canal when they have infected or inflamed tissue in the interior of their teeth. While cavity fillings can often repair minor decay, root canals are necessary for more extensive damage.

The following signs are indicators that you may need a root canal:

  • Persistent or severe pain in your tooth, face, or jaw
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Greyish discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling of the gums
  • Chipped or cracked teeth

Visit your dentist if you’re experiencing any of the above. They may make a recommendation for a root canal and possibly refer you to one of Access Endodontics’ doctors. Endodontists are trained specialists who can eliminate aggravated pulp inside the tooth. They have the skillset to quickly relieve pain and protect your teeth from further damage.

What to Expect from Root Canal Treatment in Howard County

The needs of our patient, in addition to Access Endodontics’ assessment, will determine whether a surgical or non-surgical root canal treatment will be recommended. Regardless of the approach, the entire procedure should last for about an hour to an hour and a half.

A root canal treatment involves several steps. First, your endodontist will administer either local anesthesia or sedation. Some patients feel more comfortable when sedated during dental procedures, so talk to your endodontist about any dental anxiety you might experience. Our advanced technology, combined with Dr. Jarboe and Dr. Waxman’s extensive experience, will make this procedure virtually painless.

Next, your endodontist will create a small opening in the tooth. We may use the Biolase system to eradicate any diseased or damaged pulp. Then we will disinfect the root canals and pulp chamber. You will not feel any pain during these steps, as the tooth is completely numb.

Your endodontist will then fill and seal the root canals. This will prevent any future infections. Finally, they will place a crown to seal off the top of the tooth. This provides structure to your tooth and also protects it from harmful bacteria.

Caring for Your Teeth After a Root Canal

After a root canal, you might take an antibiotic. This can prevent and treat any infections. You might experience some soreness or discomfort after the procedure. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help you manage pain, though in some cases you might be prescribed a prescription pain reliever.

Root canals are incredibly common and have a high success rate. However, caring for your teeth and gums after a root canal can help you avoid future issues. Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush, floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams.

Reach Out to Access Endodontics in Ellicott City Today

Contact Access Endodontics to make an appointment for a needed root canal, or to learn more about what to expect during the procedure. We work with area dentists to provide high-quality endodontic services in a comfortable, welcoming environment. Connect with our team at 410.304.7226 or contact us online today.