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February 22, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

If there is one dental procedure that demands to be demystified it is the root canal. It is the subject of jokes and is a source of anxiety for many nervous patients. But modern root canal treatments are not any more uncomfortable than other dental procedures, and one of its goals is pain relief. To learn more about root canals get in contact with Dr. Mehr Tucker in Rockville, MD.

The Tooth Inside and Out

Your tooth is encased by enamel, the hardest material in the human body, durable and strong, but is nonetheless susceptible to certain types of damage. Trauma, wear, and decay are common culprits.

The next layer beneath it is called dentin, it's porous, and without enamel's protection, it allows discomfort from heat and cold to pass through into the inner chamber which hosts nerves and blood vessels. These stem down the tooth through the root, where these connect to the rest of your body. It's when decay breaches into this space that can bring about inflammation of these soft tissues and pain.

Untreated, the infection can spread and may lead to tooth loss and other more severe complications.

Root Canals in Rockville, MD

A root canal is performed by first reshaping your injured tooth to gain working access to the pulp, which will be removed, down through the roots, thus alleviating pain.

Your dentist then fills the opening with a rubber-like material and seals it to prevent bacteria from re-entering. To protect it further it is then prepared for a crown which will give your tooth back its form and function.

A root canal's purpose is to save your tooth and to fight against infection, and with it, the pain that accompanies it. Saving you from more costly dental work is an added benefit. If you're struggling with pain or just wish to prevent it, then book your appointment today! Make a call to Dr. Tucker of Smiles for All Ages in Rockville, MD, by dialing (301) 963-8900.

November 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

How a root canal from your dentist in Rockville, MD, can eliminate tooth pain

Have you been struggling with recurrent tooth pain? If so, there is a good chance that tooth decay may be to blame. Root-CanalFortunately, root canal therapy is available to help save both your tooth and your smile! Here at Dr. Mehr Tucker's office in Rockville, MD, we offer root canal treatment to eliminate tooth pain and give your tooth a second chance. Read on to learn more!


What root canal therapy can do for you

When you give your tooth a second chance, you are eliminating the need for expensive tooth replacement like dental appliances, dental bridgework, and dental implants. Instead, you are keeping your natural tooth in place, and thus maintaining full chewing function as well as your natural smile.

You may need a root canal because the innermost layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp, has been damaged or bruised. The pulp is where the nerves and blood supply to your tooth are located. When the pulp is damaged, inflammation begins, leading to fluid buildup, pressure, and pain. You may also notice signs and symptoms such as:

  • Increased pain when you consume foods and beverages that are hot, cold, or sugary
  • Pain that continues even after a filling or dental crown is placed
  • Sharp, stabbing pain when you chew or bite down
  • A red or white bump that appears on your gums next to a tooth root
  • Drainage, including blood or pus, coming from the bump on your gums

Other times, you may not feel any pain or notice any symptoms but may still require a root canal. In these cases, the only way to know that a root canal is necessary is to visit our Rockville office.


Concerned? Give us a call

If you want to give your painful tooth a second chance, it’s time to think about root canal therapy. To learn more about how you can eliminate tooth pain with a root canal, call Dr. Mehr Tucker in Rockville, MD, today at (301) 963-8900

April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

How a root canal from your dentists in Rockville can save your smileroot canal

If your tooth is badly damaged or decayed, you may be tempted to just take the tooth out. Before you think about tooth removal, you owe it to your smile to give your tooth a second chance. Root canal treatment from Dr. Mehr Tucker in Rockville, MD, can help.

Badly damaged or decayed teeth can be removed, but once you remove a tooth, it leaves a large space in your smile. Your chewing ability is impaired, which can lead to problems with digestion. Your smile also isn’t as beautiful, which can lead to loss of self-confidence.

You can choose to live without the tooth, or you may choose expensive tooth replacement options like dental bridgework, partials, or dental implants. Why not try to keep the tooth in place? Now, it’s possible to give your tooth a second chance, thanks to root canal therapy.

Only your dentist will know for sure if you need a root canal, but you may experience some initial signs and symptoms which may indicate you need a root canal, including:

  • Increasing pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Swelling, redness, or a red or white bump on your gums
  • Bleeding, drainage, or pus coming from your gums near the tooth

If you do need a root canal, your dentist will simply create a small hole in the top of the tooth and draw out the inner tissues of the tooth. This reduces swelling and inflammation. A sedative filling material is then placed inside the tooth to relieve any additional inflammation.

After the inflammation and infection are eliminated and your pain is gone, a permanent, inert material is placed inside the tooth. The opening is closed with a small permanent filling.

You deserve a complete, beautiful, pain-free smile and now you can have it, thanks to root canal treatment. To find out more about root canal treatment and other restorative and cosmetic dental services, call Dr. Tucker in Rockville, MD, today at (301) 963-8900 or email at [email protected]!