People suffering from tooth and jaw pain, tooth discoloration or swelling of the gums, may have an infected tooth that requires root canal treatment. An infected tooth may be caused due to an enlarged cavity or an infection in the root canal itself. If the disease has been allowed to thrive without treatment, the tooth may need to be extracted. At De Lucs Dental, LLC, we perform efficient root canal procedures to cure the infection and salvage your tooth.
Symptoms of Root Canal Infection
- Constant toothache
- Pain when biting or chewing food
- Presence of deep cavities
- Discoloration of a tooth
- Swelling in the gums
- Pimple on the gums
- Sensitivity to cold or hot foods or touch
Root Canal Procedure
During an initial consultation with Dr. Gary Lucombe, he will meticulously examine you to determine the severity of the infection and if a root canal is a possible treatment option. We may also take X-rays to see the proximity of the infection to the nerve in your tooth's pulp chamber. Generally, if a cavity is present, it is an indication of the pulp infection.
Once it is concluded that a root canal procedure is the best treatment option, we will give a local anesthetic to reduce your pain and discomfort. Next, we will systematically clean out the diseased parts of your tooth. Dr. Gary Lucombe will then disinfect the tooth's inner chambers before filling it with gutta-percha, a rubber-like dental material. The tooth will be packed with a temporary filling and you will be given post-operative instructions to help ensure a healthy recovery.
During the subsequent visit, we will again check for any complications or signs of infection. The temporary filling is removed, and your tooth is prepared for your permanent restoration. Impressions of your tooth are captured and sent over to our dental lab to fabricate your dental appliance that is usually a crown. They help strengthen your treated tooth against future damage.
Benefits of Root Canal Procedure
Root canal treatments allow patients to retain their teeth and avoid an extraction. It can also avert further pain and additional damage to the affected tooth. After the treatment, you will be able to speak, eat, and drink, free from pain or discomfort.
If you are suffering from severe tooth pain or other signs of infection, you must schedule an appointment at the earliest to eliminate pain and save your tooth. Visit our office, De Lucs Dental, LLC, at 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 204, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or call 301-587-8081 | 301-587-8082.