Root Canals

Michael J. Urban, DDS -  - General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Michael J. Urban, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Gaithersburg, MD

Root canals are one of the most commonly performed dental procedures in the United States today, as they treat disease and infection in the nerve of the tooth. Michael J. Urban, DDS, is a skilled provider of root canals, performing them regularly at his Gaithersburg, Maryland, practice. Symptoms such as toothaches or sensitive teeth may indicate infection deep within the roots of teeth. If you notice such signs, call or schedule an appointment online today to find out if you need a root canal.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

Inside the root of your tooth, there is a fleshy pulp, the soft area in the center that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective soft tissue. This pulp is susceptible to infection caused by decay. Poor oral hygiene is the most common contributing factor to infections inside the root of your teeth. If left untreated, this type of infection can progress and lead to tooth loss.

A root canal is a common dental procedure to treat infections inside your teeth. It involves accessing the root and removing the infected materials threatening the health of your tooth.

How does a root canal work?

During a root canal, Dr. Urban uses a special dental drill to remove the top portion of the affected tooth. This allows him to access the inside of your tooth and remove the inflamed or infected soft tissue there.

With other dental instruments, he carefully removes the infected pulp, then thoroughly cleans and disinfects the treatment area. Afterward, he uses sealing material to refill where the nerve was.

What happens after a root canal?

After a root canal, Dr. Urban typically places a dental crown on the treated tooth. A crown is a protective cap that protects your tooth from any possible damage after a root canal.

Shortly after your root canal, within a week or two, Dr. Urban schedules a follow-up visit with you to monitor your progress. He then checks to make sure all signs of infection are gone. If you notice any painful symptoms near the treatment area after your root canal, let the office know right away.

Does a root canal hurt?

A root canal doesn’t cause you pain, it gets rid of your pain. When you have an infection affecting the root of one of your teeth, it can cause severe tooth pain, toothaches, or sensitivity in the area. Without a root canal, the pain continues to worsen. Root canals address the root cause of this pain and eliminate it.

Also, when Dr. Urban performs a root canal, he uses anesthesia to minimize any discomfort. He does everything he can to make the experience pain and hassle-free. 

To schedule a root canal with Dr. Urban, call the office or use the online booking tool today.