Root Canal

Edward H. Chappelle Jr., DDS

General Dentists located in Bowie, MD

In the past, learning that you need a root canal would fill you with dread. Fortunately, today, thanks to the latest dental innovations and a dedication to patient care, Edward H. Chappelle Jr., DDS, can offer quick, comfortable root canal procedures. Don’t let the fear of a root canal leave you with ongoing tooth pain! Call his Bowie, Maryland, office or schedule a consultation online to start exploring your root canal options.

Root Canal Q & A

Edward H. Chappelle Jr., DDS

What it a root canal?

A root canal is a dental treatment designed to save a tooth that’s been infected by decay or damaged. If the interior of your tooth becomes exposed — whether because of a deep cavity or a crack — bacteria is able to infect your tooth’s interior pulp tissue. Historically, this would lead to tooth loss. A root canal can clear out that infection, ultimately saving your natural tooth.

What can I expect during my root canal?

The first step of your treatment will be to clear away the affected tissue. Dr. Chappelle uses Waterlase®  laser technology to do that as quickly, precisely, and painlessly as possible. He will then thoroughly clean and seal the tooth and fill it with a dental composite.

A root canal is designed to give you ideal results. If you give the tooth proper dental care (i.e. brush, floss, and have regular dental exams), it can last your entire life.

Will I need a dental crown?

Good news! Not all root canals will require a dental crown. The need for a crown depends on how far your tooth’s infection has advanced.

If the decay has compromised the structural integrity of your tooth, Dr. Chappelle may recommend a dental crown. This natural-looking cap can be placed over your tooth to protect and strengthen it.

Why do I need a root canal?

The short answer is that the pulp, or the soft tissue that makes up your tooth’s interior, is infected or inflamed. If left untreated, this will cause you ever increasing tooth pain, can lead to tooth loss, and can even lead to an infection that impacts your overall health.

Your tooth pulp may have been exposed to infection because of:

  • Tooth cracks
  • Tooth chips
  • Tooth decay
  • A faulty crown

Your tooth pulp can become exposed to the bacteria that cause infection even if you don’t have any visible chips or cracks. If you’ve been feeling pain in your tooth, visit your dentist so that a possible infection can be diagnosed and treated while its impacts are minimal.

If you need a root canal or have unexplained tooth pain, call Edward H. Chappelle Jr., DDS, or request your appointment online.