Endodontics

We are proud to offer our patients the latest in root canal therapy. During a root canal, your dentist extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthened filler.

A common misconception is that a root canal is a painful procedure. Actually, root canals are similar to having a cavity filled, producing minimal pain.

There are a number of reasons a root canal may be necessary, including:

  • Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
  • Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
  • Tooth decay
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Blow to the tooth
  • Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
  • Repeated dental procedures on a tooth

Left untreated, these problems can lead to severe tooth decay reaching the root of the tooth, which can cause extensive damage to the tooth structure. If the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, we can perform a root canal to preserve the tooth and retain its original integrity. 

The root canal procedure involves the following steps:

  • The patient undergoes anesthesia.
  • A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.
  • The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.
  • The tooth is comprehensively cleaned, including any cracks and canals.
  • With special tools, your dentist reshapes the canals.
  • The tooth is filled again with cutting edge biocompatible filling material.
  • A temporary covering is used to cover the access opening
  • Following a recovery period, the patient will return for the placement of a permanent restoration.
 


 

We will work with each patient individually to discuss the details of your treatment and any possible alternatives. Our top priority is to provide you with the highest standard of care.

Office Hours
Mon, Tues, & Thurs: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wed: 7:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fri: 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
1st and 3rd Saturday of the month:
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Contact Information
Largo Bright Smiles
10484 Campus Way South
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Phone: 301.350.0222
Fax: 301.350.1514
saloblaptaylor@yahoo.com