Root canal therapy can save your natural tooth, even in cases of severe infection or decay.With advanced technology and expert care, DC Dental Spa makes your root canal procedure as quick and painless as possible.
Root canal therapy has a reputation for being pretty scary, but modern technology makes the procedure simple and pain-free. For the majority of patients, the procedure is no more painful than getting a cavity filled. In fact, most of the discomfort is experienced due to infection before the root canal, not during the treatment itself.
A root canal may be necessary when the nerve tissue of a tooth, sometimes called the pulp, is damaged. This damage could happen as the result of deep decay, which can result in an infection. Bacteria may start to form within the pulp chamber, which could lead to a dental abscess. If an abscess is present, patients may experience swelling that spreads to the face, head, or neck. Other patients may experience bone loss in the affected tooth’s roots.
Signs that you may need a root canal include:
- Pain when chewing or upon the application of pressure
- Sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet, or spicy foods, and even cold air
- Gum problems such as tenderness, discoloration, or swelling
- Some patients may also develop recurring pimples on their gums
During root canal therapy, your dentist at DC Dental Spa will numb the affected area and make a hole in the tooth using a special tool. Any bacteria and decayed pulp or nerve tissue will be removed before the tooth is cleaned and sealed. A filling material will be applied to cover the hole, and any further tooth restorations will be completed as necessary. Most patients will need a dental crown to complete the restoration and protect the remaining tooth structure.
At DC Dental Spa, we take great care to ensure the comfort of our patients during all procedures, including root canal therapy. We even offer sedation dentistry options to help our patients with dental anxiety receive the care they need without the worry.
To learn more about root canal treatments or to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at (202) 873-1054!