If you have pain when you eat something hot or cold, or when pressure is placed on your tooth, you may have a tooth which is infected at its core. In this case, you will need to have a root canal treatment at our Baltimore center of Advanced Dentistry, by our dentist in Lutherville, Dr. Gary Bauman.
Root canals are effective in saving teeth in over 90% of cases. Once our dentist in Lutherville has had a chance to review your individual situation, he will be able to let you know the odds of the tooth being able to be saved, and whether it will need one or two treatment sessions at our dental practice. Other signs that you may need a root canal are: an abscess on the gums; severe toothache pain; swelling or tenderness around the tooth; or there may be no symptoms at all. A root canal treatment is needed when decay has reached the tooth pulp, or infection has developed inside the tooth or at the tip of a root. Sometimes a tooth has suffered injury or trauma, and will ultimately need a root canal because of the breakup and decay of the tooth root. If a tooth needs a root canal procedure and it is not performed, the tooth will never get better by itself. The infection will only continue to worsen and ultimately the tooth will fall out. It is unwise to leave an infected tooth in your mouth because infection from the tooth can spread to other parts of your mouth, or the infection can even travel through your bloodstream to other parts of your body and cause sickness in people with compromised immune systems. When a patient has a root canal treatment at our office they remain comfortable using local anesthesia. During a root canal procedure, the infected pulp is removed from the center of the tooth. The tooth and the entire root canal systems are thoroughly cleaned and sealed to prevent any further infection.
For an appointment to meet with our dentist in Lutherville, contact us today.