Root CanalsAn Overview
Hunt Valley MD general dentist Dr. Izadi performs root canal therapy with cutting edge technology. We help patients feel more comfortable and relaxed during their root canal procedure. Dr. Izadi one of the few dentists in the Baltimore area qualified to administer sedation dentistry for patients who have dental anxiety. Although a root canal is relatively painless, we recognize that many suffer from a debilitating fear of the dentist. That’s why we provide conscious sedation options for those with this real issue.
Dr. Ashley Izadi is a general dentist who has trained with some of the most experienced endodontists. Combined with Dr. Roham Rafat’s expertise in periodontics, the pair provide comfortable and effective treatment for tooth pain, decayed teeth and other problems. We provide treatments in a worry-free environment, with caring staff and non-judgmental dentists.
Root Canal Symptoms
“Root Canal” is a term that references the area inside of the tooth, which houses the tooth pulp and nerves. Teeth that need a root canal procedure are deeply affected by tooth decay and nerve damage. We only recommend root canals if the decay is too severe for a dental filling to handle.
The most common symptom that would indicate the need for root canal therapy is tooth pain. Other symptoms may include tooth sensitivity, and tooth discoloration. Soreness in the gums around the affected tooth, or a swelling “white head” in the gum around the affected tooth are also symptoms.
Root Canals What to Expect
Dr. Izadi provides comfortable treatment for root canal therapy in our Cockeysville dental office. A root canal procedure can typically be completed in one office visit.
After a comprehensive examination, the dentist at Valley Dental Health will remove the diseased or damaged tissue. Once the tooth has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, it is filled with a biocompatible material and sealed. Usually, a dental crown is placed over the tooth to provide stability and protection. With proper care, teeth that have received root canals will function normally for many years.
Root Canal FAQs
Does a root canal hurt?
Most pain associated with a ‘root canal’ comes from the infection inside the tooth. The root canal procedure will provide relief from that pain and start the healing process.
What if I don’t have the root canal treatment?
A tooth extraction is an alternative therapy to a root canal procedure. When considering a root canal vs. extraction, it is important to remember that once a tooth is lost, the replacement options typically become more difficult and complicated. If an extraction is an ultimate choice, Dr. Rafat will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants to replace the missing tooth. Generally, our dentists will support the choice to preserve the natural tooth. During your consultation, we will examine your condition, present all your options and help you make the best choice for your long-term health.
What does a root canal cost?
The cost of root canal procedures depends on your specific circumstances. Valley Dental Health accepts most dental insurance and offers CareCredit financing.