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Lakeforest Dental Associates
Dr. Neil Daftary and Dr. Robert Zaner

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Root Canal Therapy

How can we help you?

If you need a dentist for your family, you are probably seeking the information you need to help you decide if our dental office is right for you.

Here are some of the common questions we receive from our patients. If your is not listed here, just give us a call or use our contact page to get in touch.

We are always happy to help.

Root Canal Therapy

root canal | gaithersburg mdIf root canal therapy has been diagnosed for you, it is likely that your tooth is infected, and you might even be in pain. At this point, a root canal is necessary to preserve your tooth and eliminate your infection.

However, if you are proactive about your oral health, many root canals can actually be avoided. For example, if your dentist in Gaithersburg diagnoses tooth decay at your six-month cleaning and checkup, you can be proactive about treating the tooth as soon as possible and much more easily with a dental filling. If you delay addressing the tooth, your decay may progress further until it reaches the nerve of your tooth and causes an infection. Now, you will need root canal therapy. 

If you are noticing that your tooth is sensitive to hot or cold, this is also an excellent time to contact your dentist. This is another indicator of decay in your tooth, and your dentist can detect and treat it before it causes an infection.

See Dr. Daftary for regular preventative cleanings

The best way to avoid more complex treatment procedures like root canal therapy is to consistently visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup. Contact Lakeforest Dental Associates for more information or to schedule your next appointment. 

root canal | gaithersburg mdBoth Dr. Daftary and Dr. Zaner realize that most patients would prefer to stay in their home office for their dental needs. Going to a specialist for treatment for root canals and other procedures can be a big step into the unknown. That is why we offer most treatment right here in our Gaithersburg dental office without the need for a referral – even root canal therapy.

Your Comfort Comes First

We provide comfortable treatment, and both of our dentists have experience with root canals as well as placing a dental crown on your tooth after your treatment is complete.

When your dental treatment is completed here, we can ensure that you get the quality and continuity of care that you deserve.

Many patients associate root canal treatment with pain, but we want you to know that we will help you have a comfortable experience every time and for every treatment. Sometimes after your root canal, you will experience mild sensitivity for a few days. In most cases, this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. We will discuss which one will work best for you.

Dental Exams in Gaithersburg

If you are experiencing tooth pain, call us right away! Acting fast can help us save your tooth.

root canal therapy | gaithersburgIn short, no. At our Gaithersburg dental office, we use the latest rotary endodontic instruments to quickly and accurately perform root canals to relieve rather than cause pain.

Why Root Canals?

Dr. Neil Daftary and Dr. Robert Zaner have performed hundreds of root canals to save our patients’ natural teeth. Root canal therapy is needed when an infection causes inflammation and painful symptoms. Without root canal treatment, extraction is sometimes the only other option. Replacing a missing tooth is more complicated and costly than saving an existing tooth, and often means more time in the dental chair.

At Lakeforest Dental Associates, we will present all available treatment options and information to ensure that you can make the best choice for yourself. If extraction becomes necessary, plenty of smile-saving tooth-replacement options will give you full function and modern esthetic results.

If you experience the following symptoms, we welcome you to give us a call, and we will evaluate your condition to determine if a root canal is necessary.

  • Pain or a toothache
  • Pressure, especially when lying down
  • Swelling of the face, neck, jaw, or gums
  • Discolored tooth
  • A small pimple on the gums
  • Foul taste in the mouth

Dental Exams in Gaithersburg MD

For painless root canal treatment, contact our Gaithersburg dental office to arrange an emergency dental exam.

root canals | gaithersburg mdWhen we recommend a root canal in our Gaithersburg, MD dental office, it is often the last effort to save a severely infected or traumatized tooth. Typically, patients experience such painful symptoms when a root canal is necessary that they want an immediate resolution. Those choices typically include root canal therapy or extraction.

How Root Canals Boost Oral Health

  1. It is usually less invasive to save a natural tooth than to replace one.
  2. Saving your natural tooth is better for bone retention.
  3. Choosing to save your natural tooth is often less costly than a dental implant or bridge.
  4. A dental crown on top of a root canal tooth will restore the appearance.

Our Gaithersburg, MD dentists, Dr. Neil Daftary and Dr. Robert Zaner, will always present every treatment option available and help patients make a choice that works best for them. They also provide comfortable root canal treatment that feels similar to a standard filling, while adding many years to the life of the tooth.

Emergency Dentist in Gaithersburg

If you experience a dental emergency, give us a call right away. We treat dental emergencies as a priority and will do our best to have you feeling like yourself again fast.

root canal therapy | gaithersburg mdEvery patient is different, and when it comes to diagnosing the need for root canal treatment in our Gaithersburg dental office, the symptoms can range widely. This is why we recommend that you schedule regular dental exams and x-rays. Often, this is the first place we detect the signs of an infection. Regular exams are a great investment in your oral health and the best way to prevent a dental emergency.

When patients present with specific symptoms, root canal treatment might be the solution.

Symptoms of Root Canals

  • Swelling in the jaw, neck, or face
  • Pain and pressure
  • Discomfort when chewing
  • Presence of a pimple on the gums
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold

When it comes to tooth-saving root canal treatment, the sooner you seek professional care, the better chance we have of saving your tooth. Often, the only alternative to root canal therapy is to extract the infected tooth.

We use the latest rotary endodontic instruments for efficient and accurate root canal therapy. Root canals are really nothing to worry about and will relieve painful symptoms. The procedure itself should feel similar to a filling.

Root Canal Treatment in Gaithersburg

For comfortable root canals in Gaithersburg, contact Lakeforest Dental Associates to schedule an exam. We do our best to treat dental emergencies on the same day.

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