Root Canal Therapy
Here at City Smiles DC, we are experts in root canal therapy and many other restorative dentistry practices. Our experienced and professional team is on hand to help you in any way that we can.
Although our teeth are hard and strong on the outside, they contain a soft substance known as pulp in the inside. Although otherwise safe inside the tooth, this pulp can sometimes become infected or exposed if the tooth is damaged. Such damage tends to be caused by tooth decay, while it can also be caused by physical blows to the teeth.
The pulp of the tooth contains the tooth’s nerve vessels. This means that infection and exposure of the pulp can be very painful, in which case we recommend you come and see us at our office. The good news is that we can treat the problem for you and perhaps the most common cause for the problem is an infection of the root.
Preparing for a Root Canal
Before even deciding on root canal therapy, our dentist will give your teeth a thorough investigation. There is also a good chance that we will give you a digital x-ray so that we can get a full picture of the extent of the damage and what needs to be done. If we decide that root canal therapy is a suitable solution, we will discuss the options with you before moving ahead with the procedure.
What Is a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy will involve drilling into the tooth and removing the dentin and enamel that is decayed. Our dentists will do this under a local anesthetic to help make sure that you don’t feel pain during the procedure. A general anesthetic may be used sometimes, but only when deemed necessary or when requested. With the decayed dental and enamel removed, we will then remove the pulp and the tooth’s nerves along with it. This helps prevent the pulp from becoming infected again in the future.
This procedure will leave a hole in the tooth, and this hole will need to be filled. Our dentists will often choose to fill the hole and seal it straight away, but they will sometimes choose to treat the cavity first to ensure that any infection is completely gone. In this case, they will choose to place a temporary seal until they are ready to use a permanent one.
Final Steps in a Root Canal Procedure
The remaining tooth will often be left weakened from the procedure. The biting surface can also be affected. To overcome this, it is common to add a dental crown to the tooth to help build it back up again. This will help provide structural strength to the tooth, and also help provide a suitable surface for biting and chewing. Plus, of course, the crown will also help to improve the aesthetics of the tooth and your smile.
If you have any further questions regarding root canal therapy and what is involved, please call us at City Smiles DC at (202) 223-6300, today. We welcome your call and look forward to helping you with any of your dentistry needs.