Root Canal Therapy

There is no other dental treatment procedure with a worse reputation than root canal therapy. Just hearing the term “root canal” can strike fear into even the bravest hearts, and this is because most people associate this treatment with pain. However, Hagerstown Family Dental wants you to know that this fear is truly unwarranted because root canal therapy actually relieves pain.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

When the nerve of your tooth becomes infected, you’ll experience a painful toothache. The infected tissue needs to be removed from inside your tooth in order to relieve your pain and preserve your tooth. Trauma, a fracture, an injury, or severe decay are all factors that can cause your tooth to become infected or necessitate root canal therapy.

Please note that dental infections don’t go away without treatment. Instead, they progressively get worse and can lead to further damage and even tooth loss. So please don’t wait for your infection to go away or get better.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

During root canal therapy, Dr. Cradduck will remove the diseased tissue from within your tooth through a small hole in the top. Once the infection has been completely removed, he’ll seal your tooth with a temporary filling and give it time to heal.

After healing is completed, you’ll return to Hagerstown Family Dental to have either a permanent filling or dental crown strengthen your tooth. This will ensure that your tooth provides all the functionality you had before.

Does Root Canal Therapy Hurt?

Modern dentistry has made the process of getting a root canal smooth and painless. Dr. Cradduck utilizes the finest dental anesthetics to ensure that you don’t feel anything during your procedure. In fact, the anesthetic immediately relieves the pain caused by your infection.

Rotary endodontics makes the process more efficient for patients. Instead of using traditional stainless steel hand tools, Dr. Cradduck uses electric tools that are made of nickel titanium, which provides more flexibility and makes the procedure more reliable and comfortable. The electric tools are also quieter, which also helps to make the process more pleasant.

Dr. Cradduck also offers oral conscious sedation for patients who feel fear or anxiety about their dental treatment. This type of sedation is administered through a pill taken one hour prior to the procedure. While you’re still awake and responsive, oral sedation delivers deep relaxation and many patients feel like they were asleep during their treatment.

Contact Hagerstown Family Dental

If you find yourself experiencing dental pain or a toothache, don’t hesitate to give Hagerstown Family Dental a call right away. We offer convenient evening hours to accommodate busy schedules and we’ll make every effort to see you as soon as possible.