New Patients (410) 994-2627

Current Patients (410) 877-7900

1810 Bel Air Rd. Suite 201 Fallston, MD 21047

Root Canal Fallston, MD

You may require a root canal procedure if you have a severely infected tooth, cracked tooth, or extreme tooth pain. Our Fallston, MD office provides root canal procedures in our Harford County dentist office.

The root canal is the area inside the tooth containing the tooth pulp, including nerves and other sensitive tissue. Commonly, a root canal is a procedure for treating the tooth for disease or decay. Root canal therapy is necessary for removing infected pulp from within the tooth.

Root canal therapy is a conservative treatment option for advanced tooth decay. We recommend this treatment to save the natural tooth from extraction when a dental filling is no longer an option.

In our office, we make it our priority to preserve patients’ natural teeth whenever possible.

Root Canal Therapy in Fallston MD

Root Canal Symptoms

Not everyone experiences root canal symptoms. However, 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

About the Root Canal Procedure

The goal of root canal therapy is to remove all infected tissue from the inside of the tooth. We then fill the tooth with synthetic material to prevent further infection. This restores function and removes the pain caused by infected tissue.

To begin, we will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. This ensures that patients are comfortable and pain-free during the procedure. Then, Dr. Umo will drill a small hole into the tooth to gain access to the tooth pulp. Next, he will gently remove the infected tissue and any infected nerves using specialized tools.

We will thoroughly clean out the root canal, ensuring no remaining tissue infection. We will then clean and polish the tooth. If there is an infection, we will prescribe antibiotics and temporarily seal the tooth until the infection is clear.

After ensuring the infection is clear and the root canal is clean, we fill it. The filling material is gutta-percha, a safe, biocompatible rubber compound. Dr. Umo will then cover the tooth with a dental filling or dental crown.

If we use a crown, it will match the exact color and shape of your natural tooth. The crown blends in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. Regardless of whether the endodontist used a filling or a crown, both add strength to the tooth and protect it from future damage.

After your dentist places, fills, or caps the root canal, it is crucial to maintain good oral hygiene. Patients should brush and floss at least twice daily to care for their teeth at home. We also recommend scheduling regular dental examinations and cleanings to ensure that your oral health is in order. We will need to see if your root canal is healing properly.

Root Canal FAQs

Do you have further questions about root canals, what endodontist can use them for, and their process? Continue reading to find answers to patients’ questions in our office.

Is a root canal painful?

The pain associated with a root canal actually comes from the infection itself. The root canal procedure feels similar to having a dentist place a dental filling. The treatment can provide instant relief from toothache and other pain.

Is there an alternative to root canal treatment?

The alternative to a root canal is tooth extraction. However, it is important to remember that once you have lost a tooth, replacing it is difficult and expensive. Our dentists generally support 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.

How many days off do you need for a root canal?

Most patients take off for one to two days following a root canal. Pain medications and sedation may make patients tired and cause them to feel slightly out of it. It is best to rest the day following your root canal.

What should you not do before a root canal?

Before a root canal, your endodontist will list what you should and should not do. Patients should avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours before a root canal procedure.

Also, be sure to eat and take pain medication before the procedure. Most importantly, patients should get a full night’s sleep and be well-rested before having a root canal.

Root canal therapy is essential for removing infected pulp from within the tooth.

Schedule A Dental Exam Today

Don’t let your tooth pain go undiagnosed. Dr. Umo offers root canals in Bel Air, MD, and surrounding communities. We offer a variety of services to help relieve your pain. Call today or schedule an appointment online.