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.