At Rockville Dentistry Plus, we perform a root canal to save a tooth that is infected or badly decayed by removing the pulp and nerves of a tooth, then sealing it back up with a filling material. This enables the tooth to function as a normal tooth and not cause pain when eating or drinking hot or cold food and drinks.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is generally the recommended treatment for an infected tooth. The pulp of the tooth can become infected for several reasons, such as a crack in the tooth or a cavity that has not been treated. If the infection is not treated on time, it can lead to more severe complications, including abscesses, and may even require tooth removal. Further, the infection can spread and lead to serious health problems and other systemic issues. An infected tooth can cause pain and discomfort and even spread to other mouth areas.
A root canal treatment is the only way to save a tooth that is heavily decayed or becomes infected due to damage to the pulp or nerve tissue. A root canal removes the damaged parts of the tooth and replaces them with a material called gutta-percha, which seals the tooth and prevents further damage. Once restored, you can care for your treated tooth just as your natural teeth.
What Happens During a Root Canal Treatment?
Like most dental procedures, you will probably be numbed before the process begins. Your dentist will drill a small hole in your tooth to access the pulp and nerve inside. The nerve is removed, and the inside of your tooth is disinfected. Then the inside of the tooth will be sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha to prevent further decay. Lastly, your dentist will place a temporary dental crown over the tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready. Your new restoration will give you a beautiful and durable smile that will last for years. After a root canal procedure, you may experience some tenderness or sensitivity for a few days following the appointment, but this should go away with time. If it does not, contact our dental office immediately so we can help determine the source of the discomfort and treat it as soon as possible.
Root canal procedures often help patients avoid losing their teeth to decay and damage. Get in touch with Rockville Dentistry Plus at 152 Rollins Ave #204, Rockville, MD, or call 240-669-8268 to learn more about the benefits of root canal treatments.