At Bethesda Endodontics, we are passionate about providing the finest endodontic care and patient service in a warm, friendly and comfortable office environment. State of the art technology, evidence based techniques and the most current knowledge are utilized to provide predictable results with long term success. Our ultimate goal is to meet or exceed your expectations.
What is a Root Canal?
“Endo” is the Greek word for “inside” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.” Endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth. Root Canal treatment is one type of endodontic treatment.
To understand endodontic treatment, it helps to know something about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. The pulp creates the surrounding dentin and enamel of the tooth during tooth growth and development.
The pulp extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the roots, where it connects to the tissues surrounding the root. The pulp is important during a tooth’s growth and development. However, once a tooth is fully mature, it can survive without the pulp. The tooth will continue to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
How to know if you need a Root Canal?
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip on the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulpal inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
What are the signs of needing a Root Canal?
The following symptoms may mean you need a root canal—
• Severe pain while chewing or biting
• Pimples on the gums
• A chipped or cracked tooth
• Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the sensation has been removed
• Swollen or tender gums
• Deep decay or darkening of the gums
• Darkening of the tooth
Please view the following educational videos found in the links below:
Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Retreatment
Read what people are saying about us.
Dr. Hsu has superb chair-side skills and makes a root canal procedure almost a pleasant experience. He explains every step and made sure that I experienced very little discomfort. His assistant, Wendy, was kind and seemed to know what Dr. Hsu needed during the procedure. I can strongly recommend Dr. Hsu and would return to his practice in the future.
Dr. Hsu performed a root canal on one of my molars that was infected. I would recommend him to any person needing this procedure. His office is immaculate. He uses state of the art technology, including digital X-rays that allow you to see the images on a flat screen TV attached to the chair. He is extremely kind, caring and very thorough. I felt no pain after the novacaine took effect. The office staff is extremely thorough and caring. Every time I called with a question they knew me and showed true concern for healing. I would recommend Dr. Hsu to any person that needs this procedure. If I ever need another one, I will definitely be returning to Dr. Hsu.
I have had 2 root canals done now by Dr. Hsu, and find he and his office staff highly skilled, professional, and very kind. I had no pain with either of my root canals during the procedure, and afterwards, I also had no pain, and there were no complications. Dr. Hsu has my highest recommendation.