Root canals are a common procedure. In fact, the millions of root canals every year greatly reduce the need to pull infected teeth. Despite its importance as a way to remove infections and save teeth, however, root canal is one of the scarier words used in dentistry. Understanding the fear that surrounds this term, however, Dr. Hines makes patient comfort his top priority. If you live in the Washington area and are currently experiencing tooth pain, we invite you to call (202) 723-2400 to schedule an appointment and see if you need a root canal endodontic treatment.

Why do most people need a root canal?

When a tooth becomes infected but isn’t treated early enough, the infection can spread to the area in the center of the tooth known as the dental pulp. It’s home to your tooth’s nerve endings, connective tissue, and blood vessels — all of the sensitive areas of the tooth. So, as you can imagine, when the area becomes infected it can be incredibly painful and require immediate treatment. We can perform a root canal quickly on people living in and around the 20012 area.

How does the treatment work?

A root canal endodontic procedure works by removing the infection via a small hole in the tooth. This often includes the dental pulp and, depending on the severity of the infection, the roots. Don’t let that idea scare you — you only need your tooth roots to feel sensations like hot and cold and for the tooth to grow in. Removing the roots will not directly harm a fully matured tooth, but it can prevent the further spread of infection. So, when it is necessary to remove the roots — we do it. Once the material is removed, we will clean the area to ensure that the infection is gone. Dr. Hines will typically also prescribe antibiotics in order to kill any lingering infection.

In order to complete the root canal, we will seal up the hole and empty space where the dental pulp used to be using a rubber-like substance called gutta-percha. This helps to stabilize the tooth now that a portion is missing. And at Premier Dental Care, we will then use a filling or crown in order to further strengthen and protect the damaged tooth. Both of these options can now be created in a tooth-color, which means that regardless of where your infected tooth is located, a crown can be used, and it will blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. Patients throughout the Washington area appreciate how natural their tooth looks once the root canal is complete.

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Why should I have a root canal endodontics treatment?

Overall, a root canal endodontics treatment is extremely effective for saving damaged teeth by removing any infection that may be there. This single treatment makes it possible for millions of teeth to be saved on an annual basis and once it is completed, eating and drinking becomes easy again. If you live in Washington, DC, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hines to discuss the health of your teeth, any problems that you may be having, and what should be done to heal and protect your teeth. If it appears that a root canal is the best option, we will make this recommendation. If not, we will present a treatment solution that will solve your health issue.

What about discomfort?

We help patients feel comfortable during their root canal endodontics procedure by using sedation dentistry to eliminate both discomfort and anxiety during a root canal. Whether a patient needs to take something ahead of time to relax, or medication to numb the specific area that is being worked on, Dr. Hines is an expert at painless dentistry and works to ensure that patients are able to enjoy their dental treatments.

What are the advantages of this procedure?

Before root canals became common, many people would need to have their teeth pulled if they became severely infected or if the dental pulp became inflamed. Now those same teeth can be saved by performing a root canal, which is a far better option because it not only keeps the natural tooth in place, but also helps retain the shape of the face. As teeth fall out, the muscles in the face can start to sag. And while this isn’t particularly common with the loss of one tooth, it becomes noticeable when several become infected and fall out. By treating and saving an infected tooth, Dr. Hines is also helping to preserve our patient’s facial structure.

Another benefit is that once the root canal has been completed and the filling or crown is in place, the tooth will return to its previous functionality. This includes biting down with normal force, chewing, and maintaining normal activities without worrying about the tooth. After a root canal, patients are quickly able to return to their normal schedules.

If a tooth-colored crown or filling is used to restore the tooth, it will look completely natural. In fact, crowns can be created in the exact shade of the surrounding teeth so that it blends in perfectly. This way no one will know that you ever had a procedure completed, and it doesn’t just apply to new procedures. If you’ve had a root canal done previously, you may want to have the filling or crown around it replaced with today’s enamel-colored version for an improved appearance.

If an infected tooth isn’t treated with a root canal endodontics procedure, it will likely need to be pulled in order to stop the spread of infection. Once the tooth is removed, options for replacing it include wearing a denture, getting a dental bridge or having dental implants installed. These are all viable solutions, but they do require additional time, cost and recovery. Therefore, the easiest and most straightforward solution is to have Dr. Hines save your tooth by performing a root canal endodontics procedure. To learn more about this option call Premier Dental Care at (202) 723-2400 and schedule an appointment.

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