Posts for tag: root canal

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
April 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Need a root canal? Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal treatment. A root canal is a treatment of the pulp of root canalthe tooth that is infected, inflamed, or dead. Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates in Kensington and Gaithersburg, MD, offers a full range of dental services. Dr. Kenneth Woo, Dr. Edmond Woo, and Dr. Ho Kai Wang are some of the top dentists in Kensington and Gaithersburg, MD. Here are five signs you may need a root canal. 

1. You have a toothache.

Severe tooth pain is a sign you may need a root canal. The pain can range from mild to severe. A root canal is done to eliminate that pain. Root canals have the reputation of being painful. Root canals are not painful and can save teeth that might otherwise have to be extracted. Many patients have reported that the procedure is no more painful than getting a dental filling.

2. Cold and hot bother you.

If you pass on cold or hot foods and drinks because you know they'll make your tooth hurt, it may be time to talk to your dentist. Tooth pain when eating or drinking hot or cold food and beverages is a sign you may need a root canal. Your tooth will no longer be sensitive to cold and hot temperatures after root canal treatment. 

3. Your gums are swollen.

Swelling around one tooth is a sign that root canal treatment is needed. Gum inflammation is often associated with infection, although it does not always mean an infection is present.

4. You have a bump on your gum.

A swollen area or pimple-like bump on your gum is a sign that a root canal is needed. If you have a bump near the tooth, see a dentist as soon as possible for treatment. This bump is an accumulation of pus, which is associated with infection. Your dentist can treat this by performing a root canal. 

5. You have a discolored tooth.

Dark discoloration of one tooth is a sign that root canal treatment is needed. When the roots of the tooth that needs a root canal have died, the tooth may turn dark yellow, brown, gray, or black. Tooth discoloration is also related to severe tooth decay, trauma, or damaged fillings, so visiting a dentist for a checkup is recommended.

If you need a root canal, why wait? We can help you today! Call Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates today to schedule a dental consultation in Kensington and Gaithersburg, MD. One of our dentists can get you out of pain and make your smile healthy again!

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
February 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root canals have long suffered something of an unfairly frightening reputation in the dental world. The phrase "I'd rather have a root root canalcanal than..." can often be found prefacing all kinds of terrifying scenarios. For some, the prospect of a standard, tooth saving dental procedure is only slightly less terrible than debtor's prison or having their brains eaten by zombies. But fortunately for those suffering from dental trauma or extensive tooth decay, the information on root canals - and their perceived terribleness - has been greatly exaggerated. From the office of Dr. Kenneth Woo, your dentist in Gaitherburg, MD, here is some information on this misunderstood procedure.

Root Canal in Gaithersburg

In reality, the procedure is no more intense or uncomfortable than getting a standard dental filling. The inside of the teeth are made up of soft pulp, a web of nerve endings that keep it alive and healthy. When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, it can lead to severe pain and even permanent damage that can potentially result in tooth loss. Your Gaithersburg dentist can save a badly damaged tooth by clearing the pulp of bacteria and removing damaged and dead tissue inside the tooth. With the use of local anesthetic and topic numbing gels for the gums, a root canal can be indistinguishable from a basic cavity treatment once the patient is in the chair, and can be completed in one short office visit.

Not only is root canal treatment (also known as endodontics) not scary or excessively painful, it provides many benefits, such as:

  • Eliminates pain from damaged nerve endings inside the tooth
  • Can save a severely decayed tooth from extraction
  • Can prevent the need for further and costlier dental work in the future

Dentist in Gaithersburg, MD

To learn more about how a root canal can help to save a damaged or severely decayed tooth, contact Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates by calling (240) 683-3833. Schedule an appointment today!