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Root Canal Fallston, MD

Root CanalAn Overview

If you have an infected tooth, cracked tooth or tooth pain, you may require a root canal procedure. Fallston dentist, Dr. Melissa Elliott, performs root canal procedures in our Harford County dentist office.

The root canal is the area inside of the tooth that contains the tooth pulp including nerves and other sensitive tissue. Commonly, a root canal is used to refer to a root canal procedure where the tooth is treated for disease or decay.

Root Canal Symptoms

While you may not experience any root canal symptoms, many people often experience the following symptoms which can indicate the need for a root canal procedure:

  • Toothache or tooth pain, especially when chewing or biting
  • Tooth sensitivity, especially to hot or cold foods and drinks
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Soreness or tenderness to the gums surrounding the affected tooth

Schedule an Appointment

Don’t let your tooth pain go undiagnosed. Dr. Elliott offers a variety of services to help relieve your pain including root canals in the Bel Air, MD and Fallston, MD area. Call today or schedule an appointment online.

Root Canal What to Expect

About the Root Canal Procedure

The goal of root canal therapy is to remove all infected tissue from the inside of the tooth and then fill the tooth with synthetic material to prevent further infection.

Dr. Elliott will drill a small hole into the tooth, allowing access to the tooth pulp. The infected tissue and damaged nerve will be removed and the root canal will be thoroughly cleaned and polished. If there is an infection antibiotics may be prescribed and the tooth will be temporarily sealed until the infection has healed.

Once the infection is clear and the root canal is free of debris, it will be filled with a biocompatible rubber compound called gutta percha. The tooth will then be covered either a dental filling or dental crown to add strength and protect it from future damage.

Root Canal FAQs

Is a root canal painful?

The pain associated with a rootcanal actually comes from the infection itself. The root canal procedure feels similar to having a dental filling placed, providing instant relieve from toothache and other pain.

Is there an alternative to root canal treatment?

The alternative to a root canal is a tooth extraction. When considering a root canal vs extraction, it is important to remember that once a tooth is lost, the replacement options become more difficult and complicated. Our dentists generally supports the choice to conserve the natural tooth. During your consultation and examination, we will help you to make the best choice for your long term health and happiness.

How much does a root canal cost?

The cost of root canal procedures depends on your specific circumstances. We accept most dental insurance and can submit claims on your behalf. We also offer flexible payment options to help you cover the root canal cost.

Melissa Elliott, DDS

Why choose Lazer & Associates Family Dentistry?

Dr. Melissa Elliott and the dedicated team of dental professionals at Lazer and Associates provide the personalized, comprehensive care that your family needs to keep everyone’s smiles beautiful and healthy. With a focus on disease prevention, we work with patients on an individual basis to help you achieve and enjoy good dental health.

Dr. Elliott offers cosmetic and restorative dental services to meet your needs and keep your smile looking and functioning its best for the long run. As a partner in your total health care, we take the time to get to know you and address your unique risk factors when it comes to maintaining a healthy smile that also supports your best quality of life.