Root Canal Treatment Specialist

West End Dental

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Downtown, DC and Foggy Bottom, DC, Washington, DC

If the soft center of a tooth, called the pulp, becomes infected or damaged, root canal treatment can limit pain and prevent the need for an extraction. At West End Dental in Downtown Washington, DC, Lauren Izadi, DDS, Edward Kim, MS, DDS, and the team use advanced endodontic techniques, including rotary systems for root canal treatment. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with an administrative staff member today.

Root Canal Treatment Q&A

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a type of endodontic therapy used to relieve infected or damaged tooth pulp. Pulp is a soft material made of nerves and connective tissue that’s inside of each of your teeth. It allows you to feel sensations like hot and cold but isn’t necessary for a tooth’s long-term well-being. 

Root canal treatment removes inflamed or injured tooth pulp. This limits side-effects like pain while preserving the integrity of your tooth. This procedure makes it possible to keep your permanent teeth. 

Why would I need root canal treatment?

The goal of root canal treatment is to address infected or inflamed tooth pulp caused by:

  • Deep decay
  • Chips, cracks, or other damage
  • Getting hit in the mouth
  • Experiencing a fall or automobile accident

The team also uses root canal treatment to preserve teeth negatively affected by multiple dental procedures.

What happens during root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a quick outpatient procedure. At the beginning of your appointment, your West End Dental provider conducts an oral exam and takes digital X-rays. Afterward, a local anesthetic is administered to numb your tooth root and gums.

Once the anesthesia sets in, your provider uses an advanced rotary system to make an access hole in the top of your tooth and removes the infected or inflamed pulp. The center of your tooth is rinsed and filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha.

Next, your provider takes custom molds of your tooth. Then, they apply a temporary crown and send your molds to a dental laboratory. About a week later you return to West End Dental. At your second appointment, your provider removes the temporary crown and bonds the new permanent crown to the top of your tooth. 

What is recovery like following root canal treatment?

Following root canal treatment, it’s normal to experience tooth sensitivity and minor discomfort. In the first 24 hours after your procedure, avoid rinsing your mouth, drinking with a straw, or smoking. Stick to soft foods like Jell-O, applesauce, and mashed potatoes, and take any medications as prescribed. 

You should feel back to normal within a few days, but if your symptoms persist or get worse, reach out to West End Dental at any time.

To see if you qualify for root canal treatment, schedule an appointment at West End Dental. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.