Cosmetic Dentistry located in Washington, DC
Infections or deep cavities can cause decay and disease that can infiltrate the pulp of your teeth and require a root canal. At Revive Dentistry in Washington D.C., expert dentists Michael Mortazie, DDS, Shila Yazdani, DDS, and their team, perform expert root canals to preserve your oral health and restore the functionality of your tooth. Call the office or request an appointment online to learn more about the root canal procedure.
Root Canal Q & A
Why would I need a root canal?
Your teeth contain pulp, consisting of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. Infection can sometimes infiltrate this pulp and endanger the integrity of that tooth as well as surrounding teeth.
If the doctors find you have a tooth with infected pulp, you’re at risk of losing that tooth and having the infection spread to other areas of your jaw, face, and head. A root canal may sound scary, but it actually alleviates any pain you’re experiencing and restores your tooth to full function.
What symptoms suggest I need a root canal?
A tooth that’s infected to the pulp doesn’t always show symptoms, but signs of infection show up on an X-ray. Symptoms that suggest a root canal is absolutely in order include:
- Severe pain
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- An abscess or pimple on the gum around the tooth
- Discoloration of the affected tooth
- Swelling of nearby soft tissue, such as your cheeks or gums
A root canal alleviates these symptoms and prevents them from worsening. Plus, the procedure saves your natural tooth.
What happens during a root canal?
The root canal procedure is usually performed in one visit. The area to be treated is numbed, and the dentist then makes a small hole in your infected tooth to clear out the damaged pulp. The tooth is treated with a solution that discourages further infection, and the pulp is replaced with gutta-percha, a rubber-like, biocompatible substance. The dentist then seals the tooth and completes the root canal.
A tooth that’s undergone a root canal needs a crown to protect it and fully restore its function and appearance. The crown may be applied the same day, or a temporary crown affixed and the permanent crown added at a later appointment.
How should I care for a tooth after a root canal?
Right after your root canal, it’s normal to have some soreness and discomfort for a few days. Over-the-counter pain medications soothe the immediate discomfort.
Your long-term oral hygiene habits should stay the same after you’ve had a root canal. You care for the tooth just like you do your other natural teeth, with twice-per-day brushing, daily flossing, and professional cleanings.
If you suspect you might need a root canal, call the trusted team at Revive Dentistry or book an appointment online today.
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