Root Canal Treatment in Germantown, MD

man smiling outside in a Germantown parkNobody likes the idea of root canals. However, if you have an infected or abscessed tooth, a root canal is the only procedure available to save it from extraction.

Each of your teeth plays a role in helping you chew and maintain a healthy smile, and losing even one tooth can have a significant impact. With a comfortable root canal at our Germantown, MD dental office, Dr. Fernando Archuleta can preserve the tooth and protect your oral health.

Debunking the Root Canal Myth

The common root canal myth is that it's a complicated and painful procedure. Welcome to the 21st century, where potent anesthetics, advanced imaging, and modern technology enable us to provide comfortable, pain-free root canal treatment.

If you need a root canal, you’re in excellent hands at Century Dental! Your comfort and well-being are always our team’s priority, and they’ll ensure that you have a stress-free experience.

Why You Need Root Canal Treatment

Teeth consist of three layers: enamel, dentin, and pulp. The outermost is enamel, dentin is the layer beneath it, and pulp resides in an area deep inside your tooth called the pulp chamber.

The dental pulp consists of nerves, tissue, and blood vessels and carries nutrients to the tooth that keep it healthy and alive. The pulp chamber is well protected but not impenetrable; bacteria can enter the area through a deep cavity, crack in the tooth, or a hard knock to the tooth. 

The result is a tooth infection or inflammation, and the most common symptom is an excruciating toothache. The only procedure our dentist can perform to save the tooth at this point is root canal treatment.

Aside from pain, other root canal symptoms include swollen or inflamed gums, jaw pain or swelling, extreme tooth sensitivity, and a foul odor or taste in your mouth. 

What to Expect During Root Canal Treatment in Germantown

cross section of a tooth's root systemModern root canal treatment is straightforward and efficient, so you can spend less time in the dental chair. Our kind and caring dental team focus on your comfort to ensure that you have a stress-free experience. If you need anything, please don't hesitate to let them know!

Step 1: Numb Your Tooth

The first step is to use a potent local anesthetic to numb the tooth and area of the mouth we're treating, so you don’t feel any pain. When we're certain that the area is numb, Dr. Archuleta accesses the pulp area inside your tooth.

Step 2: Remove Infected Dental Pulp

When performing root canals, we use leading-edge rotary endodontic technology that improves comfort, speeds treatment, and improves long-term outcomes. If you’ve had a root canal using traditional manual instruments, you’ll appreciate how efficient treatment is with this technology!

Step 3: Place a Temporary Filling

Once the infection has been removed, our dentist fills the hollowed-out chamber, seals the tooth, and places a temporary filling. In about 2–3 weeks, we’ll schedule another appointment to place a final filling or dental crown on the tooth to protect it.

It’s common to experience some soreness in the area for a day or two after root canal treatment. You can easily manage any discomfort with OTC pain relievers like ibuprofen or Advil.

Do You Need Root Canal Treatment?

If you have symptoms like a painful or highly sensitive tooth, please call us right away. A root canal infection can become serious and even life-threatening without prompt treatment, but we are here to help and provide emergency treatment.

Please call us at (301) 972-1600 if you need an emergency root canal at our Germantown, MD dental office.