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Endodontist in Bethesda, Rockville, MD, Root Canal Specialist


General Information

What to expect

Your visit in our office will begin with a comprehensive consultation and examination.  At that time, we will examine the area(s) in question, take diagnostic films, decide whether your tooth is in need of root canal therapy, and review your treatment options.

If root canal therapy is necessary, a local anesthetic will be used.  We will remove the nerve and bacteria from your tooth, clean the inflamed and/or infected tissue and seal the root(s) of the tooth.  You should have no pain during this procedure.  It usually can be completed in one to two visits depending on the required treatment.  Most patients return to their normal daily routine after treatment.  After treatment is completed, you will need to see your general dentist within three weeks for a final restoration.  We will send a treatment report to your general dentist's office.

Generally, conventional root canal therapy is all that is needed.  Success rates for non-surgical treatment are above 90%.  Occasionally, microsurgery may be needed to save a tooth.  This technique can be useful in locating root fractures and treating canals that may not be able to be accessed through standard root canal therapy.  The most common microsurgical procedure is called an apicoectomy.

It is unusual for patients to experience complications after conventional root canal therapy or microsurgery.  However, if you do experience any problems, we are here to help you at any time.