If you have an infection in your tooth, a root canal treatment is the most effective way to stop the pain, clear up the infection, and preserve your tooth. At Daniel Park, DMD, PA, Dr. Park has extensive experience helping his patients in Crofton, Maryland, overcome tooth-threatening infections through root canal treatments. To learn more, call or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.
A root canal treatment is designed to put an end to the pain that comes with an infection inside your tooth, as well as to save your tooth. Each of your teeth has 1-4 root canals that run the length of your tooth, right down to the tips of your roots. If bacteria get inside one of these canals, they can make their way down to the pulp inside your tooth, which houses blood vessels and nerves, and then create an infection.
This infection is not only painful but left unchecked, it can destroy the roots of your teeth, causing the loss of the tooth entirely. With a root canal procedure, Dr. Park prevents this from happening by tackling the infection in your pulp.
During a root canal treatment, Dr. Park first administers a local anesthetic for your comfort. Next, he drills a tiny hole in the top of your tooth to gain access to your pulp. Once inside, he clears away the infected pulp, disinfects the area, then fills it in with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha.
Once Dr. Park is satisfied that the risk of infection is cleared, he protects your tooth with a filling or crown. In most cases, you likely need a crown, which is a cap that covers the entire tooth above your gumline.
After your root canal procedure, you’re free to return home. You should apply cold compresses if you’re feeling any discomfort, and you can take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications as needed.
You will likely have to return to Dr. Park’s office so he can prepare your tooth for a crown or insert a filling. If you’re getting a crown, you will need to return once it’s ready, and Dr. Park bonds it into place. In some cases, Dr. Park may be able to accomplish all of this in two visits.
Once your tooth is infection-free and fully protected, you take care of it as you normally would, keeping bacteria away through vigilant cleaning and regular dental care.
If you need a root canal treatment, trust the expert care at Daniel Park, DMD, PA. For an appointment, call or use the online scheduler.