An inflamed tooth or tooth with a cavity not only diminishes your smile, but can be incredibly painful. A root canal is a procedure that can save your natural tooth and stop the pain. Root canals involve removing a tooth’s pulp, which is the tissue that contains your tooth’s nerves and blood vessels, then resealing the tooth for a long-lasting fix.
This is a very common and well-practiced procedure that has a lot of benefits. Most importantly, a root canal saves your natural tooth, which prevents you from having a missing tooth and/or having to get a dental implant or bridge. This also stops the infection and prevents it from spreading to other parts of your body. With anesthesia, root canals are not as painful as many people believe them to be; in fact, you should not feel any pain at all during your procedure. Plus, when you choose a professional endodontics provider, your root canal will be effective and long-lasting.
At Greater Washington Endodontics, we are proud to serve the Washington DC community. We provide expert root canal treatment with our state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained endodontists. Our team will make you feel at home in our office and will ensure an efficient and accurate procedure.
Root Canal Procedure
Performing a root canal is a simple and straightforward process. The primary purpose of a root canal is to remove a tooth’s pulp then permanently reseal the tooth. This is accomplished in the following steps:
- Anesthesia: Your endodontist will numb the area around your tooth so that you won’t feel pain during the procedure.
- Adding a Shield: A small shield is placed around the tooth to protect it and keep it clean during the procedure.
- Creating an opening: The endodontist next drills an opening through the crown of the tooth to access the pulp.
- Disinfecting: Disinfecting fluid is poured into the opening to disinfect and clean out the canals of your tooth.
- Pulp removal: Your endodontist uses tools to remove the pulp.
- Canal shaping: The canals of your tooth are properly shaped with the use of small instruments.
- Canal filling: Your endodontist then fills the canals with permanent filling material and seals it.
- Closing the opening: The endodontist must then close the opening they made in your tooth, usually completed with a temporary filling before a more permanent one can be done.
- Adding a crown: After a temporary filling, a crown must also be added on top to ensure the entire tooth is sealed and the treatment can do its job. This is usually done at a separate appointment.
What to Expect:
At one of our four convenient locations in Northern Virginia, you can expect nothing but professional treatment and compassion from our dentists and staff. To determine if a root canal is the right procedure for you, we will complete a consultation during which we examine the affected area and perform X-rays. We understand that a serious dental procedure is not everyone’s favorite thing to do, and we are dedicated to making you as comfortable as possible during your consultation and procedure.
Our endodontists will use local anesthesia to numb you during the procedure and ensure that you feel no pain, typically with an injection. Alternatively, we also offer nitrous oxide analgesia if you prefer this method of sedation.
Pre-Op Endodontist Instructions:
Because a root canal is an important dental procedure, there are a few things you should know prior to coming in for treatment. Our dentists recommend that you eat a full meal prior to the procedure. If you take any antibiotics or other medications, make sure you still take them like normal before treatment. We also recommend that you take 2 tablets of ibuprofen beforehand treatment to help reduce inflammation.
Post-Op Endodontist Instructions:
Your tooth and nearby gums may feel tender for a few days after your root canal. Because of this, we recommend that you avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until the protective crown has been placed on your tooth. If you do experience a lot of pain, you can take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for relief. You should maintain your normal healthy hygiene routine.
Your root canal will need to be permanently sealed with a crown by your restorative dentist, and you should make your appointment to have this done within a few weeks of your root canal. Before you receive this more permanent seal, your tooth is susceptible to cracks or fractures, so you must make sure to take good care of it.
Greater Washington Endodontics Washington DC
Greater Washington Endodontics is the leading endodontics practice in Washington DC. We have 4 locations in Arlington, Fairfax, Reston, and Woodbridge, VA for your convenience. We have an expert, passionate, and friendly team of doctors and staff who will restore your beautiful smile with our effective treatments. Our top-of-the-line technology and equipment ensure accuracy in diagnosing and treating our patients.
For a comfortable and long-lasting root canal procedure in Washington DC, trust the experts at Greater Washington Endodontics. Make your appointment today or call us at (703) 534-4884 to learn more about our root canal procedures.