Root canals are used to restore and repair teeth that have been severely damaged by tooth decay. When decay reaches the inner pulp, special care needs to be taken when treating the tooth. The softer inner tissue of the dental pulp is made of many nerves and blood vessels, which can become damaged or infected. With a root canal in Washington, DC, our dentists can promptly restore your smile. Using a safe, biocompatible filling material, our dentists will clean and fill in the damaged portion of the tooth. Once the area is treated, we can complete the treatment using a dental restoration. Call 202-362-3353 to schedule an appointment at Chevy Chase Dental Center!
What to Expect During Your Treatment
X-Ray: Before starting your root canal, Dr. Akram Sannaa will take digital dental X-rays to examine the damaged site.
Anesthesia: A member of our team will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent discomfort.
Pulpectomy: A small opening is made in the tooth, and any affected dental pulp is taken out.
Filling: To remove damaged pulp, the root is opened and filled and sealed using a temporary dental filling.
Crown: To protect and stabilize the restoration, our dentists will place a dental crown to cover the tooth.
Tips for Care After a Root Canal
With the right care, root canal restorations have a high success rate and can last for many years. Here are a few tips on how to keep your restoration and teeth healthy:
- Practice regular at-home care: Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss each evening. This can help prevent decay and future damage.
- Keep your dental appointments: Visit our dentists for dental exams and cleanings at least twice a year.
- Avoid hard foods: Chewing or biting down on hard candies or ice can cause damage to teeth and restorations.