Root Canal

Implants and Cosmetic Dental Center

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Germantown, MD

While the thought of a root canal may make you think of intense pain, the procedure actually relieves dental pain and saves an infected tooth. It’s best to keep your natural teeth, which is why the highly qualified dental team at Implants and Cosmetic Dental Center in Germantown, Maryland, offers root canal treatments to remove the infected part of your tooth and restore it to health so you can avoid an extraction. If you experience dental pain, don’t wait to seek treatment. Call the office today or book an appointment online anytime.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a treatment that removes bacteria and infected material from inside your tooth to save a decayed or damaged tooth. Contrary to popular belief, the goal of a root canal is to relieve pain and preserve your natural tooth so you can have a healthy mouth again. 

Today’s state-of-the-art root canal treatments are similar to getting a cavity filled, meaning they involve minimal pain and discomfort. 

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Injury to a tooth, a deep cavity, or problems with a previous filling can lead to a root canal. You may first notice tooth sensitivity to cold or hot foods and beverages when you need a root canal. Other signs you may need this endodontic treatment include:

  • Severe tooth and gum pain when chewing
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Swollen gums
  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Pimples on your gums
  • Darkened gum tissue

If your tooth is damaged from decay or injury, an infection can develop inside the tooth. If not treated by an experienced dental professional, you could lose the tooth altogether. 

What happens during a root canal procedure?

Depending on the severity of your tooth infection, a root canal may take just a single dental visit or a couple. You may also need to take prescription antibiotics to ensure all signs of infection are removed before spreading to the rest of your body. 

Before removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria from inside your tooth, your dentist ensures your comfort by giving you a local anesthetic to numb the area of your mouth. A dental dam isolates your tooth and keeps it clean during the root canal. Your dentist uses small drills and other tools to clear away diseased and damaged tissue from inside your tooth.

Once all the infection is gone, your dentist cleans the space inside your tooth and fills it with materials to prevent further decay. If the tooth is very weak after a root canal, you may need a dental crown that fits over your tooth for added strength and protection. 

After you heal from a root canal, you shouldn’t feel any more pain in the treated tooth, and good oral hygiene habits can keep your teeth healthy long term. 

If you have any kind of dental pain, seek treatment before it worsens. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book the next available time online.