Root Canals

Root canal treatment can save an infected tooth from otherwise certain extraction—it’s a proven procedure that will leave your mouth healthy and strong while restoring its natural appearance.

Root Canal Treatment in Baltimore, MD

The last thing we want is to see a patient in pain. If your teeth are hurting you, that means something is wrong. The sooner you get treated, the faster you can feel normal again.

What to expect during a root canal procedure: 

  1. Getting ready: We begin by ensuring you feel comfortable and that the tooth is numb so the procedure will be painless.
  2. Small opening: A small opening is carefully made at the top of the tooth to access the inside.
  3. Cleaning out: We gently remove any infected material from inside the tooth to make room for healing.
  4. Filling in: We fill the cleaned space with a safe and natural-looking material.
  5. Sealing up: We seal the tooth with a filling and sometimes a crown to make it strong and protect it from future problems.
  6. You’re done: When the numbness wears off, you may feel a bit strange, but we will guide you on how to care for your tooth until it feels normal again.

We are here to ensure that everything goes smoothly and will guide you through each step to make you feel comfortable throughout the process.

Don’t let toothache control your life. Reach out to us and book your appointment today—let’s get you smiling comfortably again.

diagram of a root canal
  • How long does a root canal take?

    A root canal typically takes 30 to 90 minutes per session, and it might require 1 to 2 sessions to complete, depending on the complexity of the tooth involved and the extent of the infection.

  • Can I drive after a root canal?

    Yes, you can typically drive after a root canal, as the procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia, numbing just the mouth area without affecting your overall alertness or motor skills.

    However, it’s important to be mindful of how you feel afterward. If you experience dizziness or disorientation, or if stronger pain medications that could cause drowsiness were prescribed, it’s safer to avoid driving. Some people prefer having someone accompany them for the appointment to drive them home as a precaution.

  • What can I eat after a root canal?

    After a root canal, eating soft foods is advised to avoid irritation and allow your mouth to recover.

    • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, yogurt, pancakes smoothies
    • Main Meals: Soups, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, pasta, noodles, quinoa, couscous|
    • Snacks: Applesauce, peaches, pears, soft cheese, peanut butter, cooked vegetables, hummus, saltines, matzah, soft bread
    • Desserts: Frozen yogurt, sorbet, pudding

More Questions?

If you have more questions about root canals and other restorative dental care, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.

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Hamilton Family Dentistry

5810 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214
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