Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward until they reach the tip of the root. Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A diseased inner tooth brings a host of problems, including pain and sensitivity as the first indications of a problem. A spreading infection can also cause small pockets of pus to develop, which can lead to an abscess.
Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success that can halt the spread of infection and restore the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth; before the treatment was developed, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was extraction.
Root canal therapy in Hagerstown, Maryland, usually entails 1 to 3 visits. During root canal therapy, our dentist, Dr. Everett Eklund, will gently remove the infected tissues and fill the tooth with an elastic material and medication designed to prevent infection. The tooth is then sealed with a dental crown to restore its function and structure. Most patients who have root canal therapy at Potomac Dental Centre experience little to no discomfort or pain. We welcome you to contact us at 301-790-2007 today to learn more.