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Root Canal Therapy in Mechanicsville

Needless to say, pain is not pleasant. However, it can be a very important messenger letting you know that something is wrong, such as when you have a toothache. Sometimes, a painful tooth may only indicate that you have a particle of food trapped between two teeth or in the gum. In this case, a good flossing should do the trick. However, when the pain is so severe that you can’t even think straight, then something more serious is probably amiss. You may have a tooth that is infected. In this case, root canal therapy in Mechanicsville is the answer.

What is a Root Canal?

Root canal or root canal therapy is a common dental procedure that removes the infection and natural contents of a tooth’s pulp chamber and root canals. Here is where a tooth’s nerve, lymph and blood tissue are housed. Fortunately, a tooth can function normally without these tissues.

How Does A Tooth Become Infected?

Your teeth are remarkably strong. In fact, the outer layer of enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. Underneath that is dentin, another tough material that conducts sensation to the nerve of a tooth. Yet despite this protection, tiny bacteria can make their way inside your tooth if they have access. Advanced tooth decay, traumatic injury or a deep crack can all open a route for bacteria to enter the pulp chamber. Once there, infection and inflammation set in and the pain begins.

Other symptoms of an infected tooth include:

Although ignoring the pain of an infected tooth is usually impossible, left untreated the infection can spread into the gum and bone tissue, causing an abscess to develop. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, please call your Mechanicsville root canal dentist

at St. Mary’s Dental immediately to schedule an appointment.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

After administering a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable throughout root canal therapy in Mechanicsville, Drs. McCray will drill a small hole in the top of your tooth and use special endodontic files to clean and disinfect the pulp chamber and root canals. Medicine may be inserted to eradicate the last bit of infection, and then the space if filled with an inert substance that prevents recontamination. Finally, the tooth is given a temporary filling and prepared for a dental crown that will protect the tooth and restore its natural appearance and function.

Schedule Root Canal Therapy in Mechanicsville

Contact our office in Mechanicsville, MD today to schedule your consultation with our experienced and caring doctors, if you suspect that you might have an infected tooth that requires a root canal.

28160 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659 USA
Gina McCray, DDS Family & cosmetic dentist in Mechanicsville, MD (301) 884-3248 (301) 884-7461