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Root canals are one of the most feared (and misunderstood) dental procedures. Despite the fact that they have a reputation for being exceptionally traumatic and painful, the truth is that root canals are actually an important tool in eliminating pain caused by severe tooth decay and infections, and for saving a badly damaged tooth from extraction. Dr. Gregory Hysong and Dr. Lynda LePore, the dentists at Colesville Dentistry offer a range of cosmetic and general dentistry services in Silver Spring, MD.
Root Canal Therapy in Silver Spring, MD
When bacteria makes its way into the pulp tissue inside a tooth, a root canal is necessary to clean out the bacteria and remove damaged tissue to restore the tooth back to health. Once the tooth has been cleaned, the dentist will protect it with a crown. In some cases, a root canal is the only option available to save your tooth from extraction, which is actually a more painful and traumatic procedure.
Repairing a damaged or severely decayed tooth with root canal therapy is also more affordable than other restorative treatments like dental implants should the tooth need to be extracted.
When is a Root Canal Necessary?
Pain, swelling, and signs of an infection may be a sign that you will need a root canal, however, the dentist will perform a checkup and take an X-Ray to determine whether it is necessary.
If you do need a root canal, the procedure is fairly similar to getting a filling. A topical anesthetic is applied to numb the area and minimize discomfort, after which the dentist will drill a small hole to remove the bacteria and root. The tooth is then cleaned and sealed, leaving it as good as new.
Find a Dentist in Silver Spring, MD
For more information about root canal therapy, contact Colesville Dentistry by calling (301) 384-6000 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hysong or Dr. LePore today.
Do you think you might need a root canal? Dr. Gregory Hysong and Dr. Lynda LePore, your Silver Spring, MD, dentists at Colesville Dentistry, share some signs you may need a root canal and explain how the treatment can help you.
Signs and symptoms
You may need a root canal if you experience any of these signs and symptoms:
- Severe pain in a tooth
- Pain that increases when you chew or put pressure on a tooth
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures that continues even after you stop eating or drinking
- Darkening of a tooth
- Swelling gums
If your problem is caused by a dental abscess, you may also notice:
- A pimple on the gum near the tooth
- Swollen lymph nodes
Abscesses are particularly dangerous because the bacteria in the pulp can find its way into your bloodstream. If it reaches your brain or heart, it could trigger a stroke or heart attack.
What causes the problem?
Root canals are used to relieve infections and inflammation in tooth pulp. The pulp is located in the center of a tooth and contains connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels. It can become inflamed due to:
- Tooth trauma caused by an accident or blow to your face
- Severe decay
- A crack that provides a convenient pathway for bacteria to enter your tooth
- Repeated dental procedures on the tooth
What happens during a root canal?
Removing the infected or inflamed pulp not only relieves your symptoms but also saves your tooth. Your Silver Spring dentist drills into your tooth to expose the pulp, then removes it from the center of the tooth and the root canals that extend from the top of your tooth into the roots. After the pulp is removed, your dentist cleans and shapes the canals using tiny files.
They may also add small posts that will support the crown that will be added to the tooth at the completion of the procedure. At the conclusion of your first visit, you'll receive a temporary filling. When you return in about a week, the tooth will be permanently filled and sealed with a durable, rubber-like material.
Are you concerned about a painful tooth? Call Dr. Hysong and Dr. LePore, your Silver Spring, MD, dentists at Colesville Dentistry, at (301) 384-6000 to schedule an appointment.
Root canal treatments are an essential part of dental care — countless teeth with deep decay would be lost each year without it. Now, this traditional dental care procedure is advancing to a new level of precision through lasers.
Root canal treatments have a simple goal: access a tooth's infected pulp and root canals, clean out the infected tissue and fill the empty pulp chamber and canals with a special filling. Once filled, the access is sealed and a porcelain crown later placed for additional protection against re-infection.
In the traditional procedure, we perform these steps manually with a dental drill and hand instruments. We may also need to remove a good portion of tooth structure, both healthy and infected tissue. A laser, on the other hand, is a highly focused beam of light with the ability to interact with healthy and infected tissues differently: destroying infected tissue while having no effect on nearby healthy tissue. The end result: we may be able to remove less healthy tissue with lasers than with the conventional procedure.
Lasers are also helpful with softening and precisely molding the filling material within each canal's particular shape. And, early reports seem to indicate a higher degree of comfort for patients (less drill noise and need for anesthesia), less bleeding and faster recovery times than the conventional approach.
But as a tool for root canal treatments, lasers do have a couple of disadvantages. While light travels in a straight line, root canals are rarely straight — conventional instruments with curved designs usually accommodate odd canal shapes better than a laser. Lasers can also raise temperatures within a tooth that can damage healthy tissue, both within the pulp and outward into the dentin.
Still, lasers for root canal treatments appear promising with some dentists using a combination of lasers and manual techniques to garner benefits from both approaches. While you won't see lasers replacing the traditional root canal treatment anytime soon, the future looks bright for more efficient ways to treat deep tooth decay.
Singer LeAnn Rimes was forced to cancel a string of performances recently, as a more pressing engagement came up: a late-night meeting with her endodontist. It turned out that the country-pop star needed some emergency dental work performed while she was on tour. But her die-hard fans needn't have felt left out — Rimes faithfully tweeted each stage of her dental treatment.
The trouble began before she was scheduled to play a show in Ohio. “Waiting on the endodontist to meet me and do a nighttime root canal,” she informed her twitter followers. Instead of performing, Rimes was advised to spend the next few days resting after the emergency treatment. “Happy Friday! I'll be spending mine in bed,” she tweeted after the previous evening's procedure. The following Monday, Rimes returned to the dentist's chair for follow-up treatment.
It turned out that the singer had been battling dental pain for months. “I am so disappointed that I can't make it to my fans tonight.” Rimes explained in a statement. “I had wanted to give them the show they deserved and only wish this tooth pain held out a little longer.”
If there's a moral to this story, it's this: If you have tooth pain, don't wait to see a dentist. Call us right away!
A feeling of constant pain and pressure in your mouth is a clear indication that you may need a root canal. Another telltale symptom is sharp pain when you bite down on food, or lingering pain after eating something hot or cold. Not every symptom is as clear-cut, however — the only way to know for sure whether you need treatment is to come in for an evaluation.
Pain in your teeth or gums may be a symptom of a serious condition. Even if the pain goes away temporarily, an underlying infection generally does not. If a treatment such as root canal therapy is needed, the sooner it is obtained, the better you'll feel. And remember, root canal treatment doesn't cause tooth pain — it relieves it!
If you have any concerns about tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “I'd Rather Have a Root Canal” and “Signs and Symptoms of a Future Root Canal.”