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Root Canal Therapy – Annapolis, MD

How Our Dentists Can Save Your Tooth

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In the past, when a tooth was badly damaged, either by decay-causing bacteria or after a severe oral injury, it would be common for dentists to extract the tooth outright. However, our dentists want to do everything possible to maintain the integrity of your original tooth. Root canal therapy is just one of the ways we do that. Dr. Lisco is prepared to take all the necessary steps to keep your tooth intact, so don’t hesitate to call if you’re experiencing severe oral pain!

Why Choose Vanik Family Dental for Root Canal Therapy?

  • Detailed Treatment Planning Catered To All Patients
  • Natural-Looking Restorations Provided For Best Esthetics
  • Caring Dentists And Team Members

What is a Root Canal?

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When an infection enters the innermost layer of your tooth, it is likely that a root canal will be the suggested method of treatment to save your tooth from extraction. Root canals are common procedures that are used to remove the infected and damaged areas of your inner tooth layer, which is known as the pulp. Once this area is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, Dr. Lisco will fill the tooth with a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha and seal it from further reinfection.

A custom-made dental crown is placed over your natural tooth to not only protect it but also encourage it to strengthen over time.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

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If you’re experiencing severe chronic pain in your tooth, chances are pretty likely that you’re experiencing an oral infection and require immediate treatment. While we won’t know for sure until we take a closer look, it’s important to note the other common symptoms that accompany oral infections as well. This includes:

  • Extreme teeth sensitivity
  • Swelling around the tooth
  • Pimple-like bumps on the gum tissue
  • Darkening of the tooth, typically gray, brown or black in color
  • High fever

Does a Root Canal Hurt?

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A root canal procedure does not create any more pain or discomfort than a traditional filling; however, there is a common myth that should be debunked: root canals are not the cause of your pain. The infection that exists within your tooth is the culprit of your discomfort, and a root canal is designed to remove the infection, thus, eliminating the cause of pain.

It is important to understand that after your root canal, you will need to spend ample time recovering, and any medication or antibiotics prescribed by your dentist should be taken as instructed to alleviate any hurt and encourage successful healing.

Post-Op Instructions

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During your recovery phase, it is suggested that you follow these instructions:

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Maintain a good oral hygiene routine.
  • Take prescribed medications and antibiotics as instructed by Dr. Lisco.
  • Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the root canal was performed.

Eat solid foods for the first few days after your procedure.