Root Canal

Hyattsville Dental Care

General Dentist located in Hyattsville, MD

When you have a severely damaged or infected tooth, prompt treatment is essential to preserve your oral health. At Hyattsville Dental Care in Hyattsville, Maryland, George Harding, DDS, and the team perform root canal therapy to treat teeth in danger of requiring extraction. Call Hyattsville Dental Care or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

Root canal therapy is a treatment that removes infected tissue from the center of your tooth. Inside the root canal of your tooth lies a soft tissue called pulp. 

With blood vessels and nerves, the pulp can become painful when damaged or infected. Injury, tooth decay, and dental disease can all damage your pulp.

While the pulp plays a pivotal role in your tooth development, you no longer need it once your tooth fully matures. To prevent further damage and stop decay from spreading, your dentist at Hyattsville Dental Care removes and replaces the pulp with a biocompatible material. 

The goal of root canal treatment is to eliminate all traces of infection and inflammation while preserving the health and strength of your tooth.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Tooth decay, infection, and damage can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms, such as:

  • Gum pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain when chewing
  • Visible tooth fracture
  • Darkening of the gums
  • Halitosis (bad breath)

If you notice a small pimple-like bump on your gums, it may indicate an abscess. This pus-filled sac contains potentially harmful bacteria that can enter your bloodstream if ruptured. The best way to prevent complications from a ruptured abscess is to seek treatment at the first sign of trouble.

What happens during a root canal?

When you arrive for your root canal treatment, the team at Hyattsville Dental Care administers a local anesthetic before creating a tiny access hole in your affected tooth. Then they use small dental instruments to remove your inflamed pulp.

To ensure the decay can’t spread, your dentist cleans and disinfects the root canal. Next, they replace the pulp with a biocompatible called gutta-percha. Finally, your dentist seals the access hole to prevent reinfection.

Root canal therapy typically takes 1-2 appointments, but your dentist may recommend returning for a dental crown. This tooth-shaped cap fits over the visible portion of your affected tooth. Not only does a crown protect a weakened tooth against additional damage, but it also helps seal out bacteria.

To learn more about root canal therapy, call Hyattsville Dental Care or schedule an appointment online today.