Root Canal Therapy Specialist

DC Dental Spa

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Washington, DC

Though the procedure may have an unpleasant reputation, Rex Hoang, DMD, at DC Dental Spa removes all the anxiety and discomfort that can come with getting a root canal. The professional dental team in Washington, D.C. is well-trained and experienced at performing dental procedures such as root canals. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Root Canal Therapy Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure meant to relieve pain and save your tooth. If your tooth becomes critically infected from the inside, Dr. Rex at DC Dental Spa can remove the bacteria and any dead or dying tissue. This allows them to protect your tooth and alleviate your pain.

What causes a tooth infection?

Roots and tissue within your teeth can become infected with bacteria as a result of damage to your tooth or from an ongoing cavity. If left untreated, the infected tissue may spread into the root or pulp of the tooth. It’s important to get care from a skilled dentist like Dr. Rex because if the infection spreads further, it can lead to a host of other problems.

What are the symptoms of an infected tooth?

Signs and symptoms of an infected tooth may include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness while chewing
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Pus coming from around your tooth
  • Painful aching in your jaw and mouth
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A bump on your gum that looks like a small pimple

An infected tooth can become very painful relatively quickly, especially if you don’t take care of it promptly.

What should I expect during a root canal procedure?

At DC Dental Spa, Dr. Rex can usually mend your tooth in one or two appointments. You may first require an X-ray to determine the extent of damage to the tooth needing the root canal.

When it’s time for your root canal, a local anesthetic is used to numb the region and ensure your comfort. If needed, your dentist sticks a small sheet of rubber, or dental dam, around your tooth to protect it and keep it clean during the procedure. After the anesthesia is applied, your dentist makes a tiny cut in your tooth to find and treat the area of infection in the root.

Your dentist then removes the infected and damaged pulp using small files and washes away any debris from the area with water. Once all the damaged substance is extracted, your dentist either places a temporary filling on your tooth or seals it until you come back for a permanent crown.

If you notice signs or symptoms of a tooth infection, call DC Dental Spa or schedule an appointment online today.