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Breaking Down A Root Canal with Your Catonsville Dentist

Friday, August 1st, 2014

root canalThe last thing that you want to hear your Catonsville dentist say is “you need a root canal.” That is, if you’re like most people. A lot of people have a deeply ingrained fear of root canals because of stories they’ve heard from other people or just because the two words together sound awful in reference to your teeth. We promise that root canals aren’t as bad as they sound. The key is knowing what a root canal is, why you need one, and how we perform it. It’s like people that have test anxiety – if they don’t know exactly what’s coming, they’re more likely to stress out over the details. We want to make your root canal as comfortable as possible and to do that, you need to know the process.

How are Root Canals Performed?

Root canals may not be as complicated as you’d think. Root canals are performed when you have a significant amount of decay or an infection (where else?) in the root of your tooth. Decay that goes down that far can be significantly more painful that surface decay that can be repaired with a normal filling. That’s why we do root canals. Check out the steps of a root canal.

  • X-Rays – The first thing that your Catonsville dentist will do is take an x-ray of your tooth to find out how bad the damage is and what exactly needs to be done. After the x-ray and before the treatment begins, you’ll receive a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. You may also opt for sedation dentistry at this point to make the experience more comfortable.
  • The procedure – Your dentist will place a dental dam around the tooth receiving the root canal to avoid getting saliva in the tooth. There may also be a dental assistant using “the straw” to keep excess saliva out. The dentist will remove the decay from the pulp-y part of your tooth at this point. This is the part that people find painful if your mouth hasn’t been properly anesthetized. Your dentist will then clean out the area and make sure that there’s enough space for a good filling. He or she will fill the tooth and you’ll then receive a crown to make sure that the filling doesn’t go anywhere.
  • Healing – Once all of that is taken care of, you’ll be sent home to heal. There shouldn’t be much residual pain, but if your mouth is particularly sensitive, you may be prescribed medication. Over-the-counter pain medication does the trick for most. You may schedule a follow-up visit, but if everything is normal after a few days, you should be all set!

Single-Visit Endodontic Treatments from Leikin & Baylin

Getting the whole procedure over with in one visit will make everything even easier for you. If you know that you need a root canal or are having severe tooth pain, please make an appointment to see your Catonsville dentist. You can contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting

Source: Mayo Clinic

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.



Catonsville Root Canals

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Root Canal CatonsvilleDoes the phrase “root canal” make you shiver a little? You’re certainly not alone. Most people have a healthy fear of having a root canal done. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s a necessity to make your mouth healthy again. Being told you need a root canal may sound like the worst news you’ve ever heard, but if you know a little bit more about the process and how your dentist can make you comfortable, it may lessen your fear of having a root canal performed.

Why would my dentist suggest a root canal?
If the root of your teeth begins to decay or is infected, you may need a root canal to get the infected part removed. Generally having an infected root and infected pulp inside your teeth will cause a lot of pain. People report that a root canal itself isn’t all that painful, but the time leading up to the root canal can be pretty miserable if you don’t have anything to treat it. The reason you need the damaged pulp removed is because it can cause an abscess, bone loss, and drainage problems. In short, not having the pulp removed can cause a lot of pain.

What can I expect of the procedure?
Your dentist will take x-rays of your tooth and the area around it before giving you at least a local anesthetic. He or she will then isolate the area to make sure that the tooth stays dry during the procedure. Once all of this has been taken care of, you should be relaxed and numb for the procedure to begin. The pulp will be removed very carefully by your dentist before he or she cleans the area. You’ll then have a filling placed into the tooth so your root can remain strong. You may also have a filling put on top of your tooth to act as a crown before you get your actual crown. The process is similar to that of a normal filling for a cavity. The procedure and the healing may take a bit longer than normal, but you’re much better off having the procedure than dealing with the alternative.

Rotting and decaying teeth can cause more problems than just pain. Don’t risk bacteria or infection in your mouth; if you’re showing signs of infection or a problematic tooth, you should call your Catonsville dentist right away. If you have any questions about root canals, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit