Root Canal

Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care -  - General Dentistry

Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Bethesda, MD

If you need a root canal, rest assured the procedure has come a long way in recent years and is nothing to fear. The team at Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care in Bethesda, Maryland, can restore your tooth with an effective and painless root canal. The process begins with a dental exam and customized treatment plan, so book your appointment today online or over the phone.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that removes infected tooth pulp and replaces it with a synthetic dental material before covering the tooth with a custom crown. It’s a common dental procedure, but one that is often misunderstood.

In years past, root canals were often a source of dread. Today’s dental tools and techniques have led to root canal treatments that are safe, effective, and comfortable.

When is a root canal necessary?

A root canal is necessary when the pulp that fills the inner chamber of your tooth becomes infected. Your pulp is a soft tissue filled with nerves, blood vessels, connective tissues, and other tissue types. When your tooth is still developing, your pulp provides nourishment. Once development is complete you no longer need pulp.

There are several ways your tooth pulp can become infected, including:

  • Advanced decay
  • Cracked or chipped tooth
  • Repeated dental procedures on the same tooth
  • Traumatic injury to a tooth, even if no chips or cracks are present

If you experience tooth pain, swollen or tender gums, or lingering sensitivity to heat or cold, you might need a root canal.

What happens during a root canal?

You’ll receive numbing medication to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Your dentist begins by creating a small opening to gain access to the inner chamber of your tooth.

The pulp is thoroughly removed and the inner portion of the tooth is cleaned and shaped using a series of thin dental files. The chamber is flushed before a synthetic packing material is used to fill the chamber.

Next, a temporary filling closes the opening, and a custom crown is created to cover and protect the tooth. This process involves removing a small portion of tooth tissue to make room for the crown and taking impressions or imaging of the tooth. You’ll wear a temporary crown until your custom crown arrives.

Next, the temporary crown is removed and the tooth is cleaned before the permanent crown is cemented into place and checked for fit. Once the process is complete, your restored tooth will look and function just like the rest of your natural teeth.

If you or a loved one needs a root canal, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.