Wednesday, May 3, 2017

What Are the Signs of Needing a Root Canal?

Root canals are routine procedures that can save the life of a tooth. At Bishop & Bishop Dental in Silver Springs, MD, we pride ourselves on patient education. Keep reading to learn more about the root canal procedure.

Root canal therapy is necessary to clear out an infected tooth so it can heal and function healthily again. Signs of an infected tooth include pain, sensitivity, a dark spot on the tooth, and sore on the gum tissue near the tooth.

To begin the root canal process, your dentist will first drill an access hole into the tooth. A flexible file is inserted into the tooth with an electric drill. The decayed dental pulp is cleared out and the root canal is scrubbed clean. A sealant called gutta-percha will then be applied to fill the empty space. Finally, a filling will be placed on the access hole. The tooth is now decay-free and nerves that were once irritated have been removed. The tooth can now heal from any damage caused from the infection.

A tooth infection can cause pain, the loss of the tooth, and a spread of the infection. If you are showing signs of a tooth infection, do not wait to make your appointment here in our Silver Spring, MD office. To schedule, call Bishop & Bishop Dental at (301) 608-9270 or visit our website,

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