Dr. Azin Ghesmati is highly trained in endodontic treatment and can utilize the root canal procedure to alleviate many tooth infection related symptoms and discomforts. Dr. Ghesmati has completed multiple mini-residencies and hands-on trainings with leaders in the endodontic field such as Dr. Steve Buchanan and Dr. John West. Learn more about Dr. Ghesmati »
Technically, the root canal is actually a part of your tooth. It’s the hollow area on the inside that holds the dental pulp and nerves of the tooth. However, when many people mention a root canal, they’re talking about a root canal procedure.
This procedure is done to treat an infection that gets into the dental pulp inside your tooth. The pulp swells up and pushes against the outside of the tooth, causing the pain many people associate with a root canal.
Some people might not have any symptoms at all when they have an infection in the dental pulp. Otherwise, you may experience something like the following. If you have any of these symptoms, make sure you call our Washington, D.C. office right away:
All of these are indications that you might need to get a root canal procedure.
Contrary to popular belief, root canal procedures aren’t painful. In fact, they often help relieve the pain you’ve been experiencing because they remove the infection and pressure from your tooth. Getting a root canal is comparable to getting a dental filling for a tooth cavity. It’s not an extensive, painful procedure that its reputation may have led you to believe.
First, we will perform an examination of your tooth. A root canal can save your tooth from needing a tooth extraction. We want to help you save your tooth whenever possible. If it’s determined that a root canal will do the trick, we can proceed with the procedure.
Then a small hole is drilled into the back of your tooth so that the interior of the tooth can be accessed. All of the infected dental pulp is removed with a special tool that’s designed specifically for this purpose.
With the infected dental pulp removed, the interior of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned out and filled with a bio-compatible material. This gives your tooth some stability and ensures it doesn’t stay hollow.
Most likely, your root canal will be completed with a dental crown. The crown will seal off the tooth from more infection and also give you back the full function of that tooth. You won’t have to worry about biting into foods with it.
A dental crown is customized to the size, shape, and shade of the rest of your teeth so that it blends seamlessly with the rest of your smile. It’s permanently bonded to the tooth, creating a restoration that’s meant to last.
A root canal helps to save your tooth and the restoration keeps your smile looking natural. If you think you may need a root canal, please call us and schedule an appointment.