Root Canals Specialist

Dlight Dental

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Washington, DC & Rockville, MD

Root canals provide a safe and convenient way to remove damaged or infected tooth pulp, preserving your smile and preventing the need for an extraction. At Dlight Dental, the team boasts years of experience performing root canals. To request an appointment at the practice in Washington, DC, or Rockville, Maryland, call the office to speak with a caring staff member or click the online tool.

Root Canals Q & A

What are root canals?

Root canals are an endodontic procedure that treats infected or damaged tooth pulp. Pulp is a soft material that provides nerve sensations, but it isn’t necessary for a tooth’s long-term survival. 

By removing the diseased or inflamed pulp, it’s possible to preserve your tooth.

What types of problems do root canals address?

At Dlight Dental, the team uses root canals to manage infected or damaged tooth pulp. Leading causes of pulp problems include:

  • Chips, fractures, or other types of tooth damage
  • Untreated cavities
  • Undergoing extensive dental work on a single tooth
  • Experiencing oral trauma

If your gums become red, swollen, or emit a sensation of warmth, contact the team at Dlight Dental. The sooner you receive treatment, the better the chances of saving your tooth.

What do root canals involve?

At Dlight Dental, undergoing a root canal takes two appointments:

First appointment

At your first appointment, your provider conducts an oral exam and takes a series of digital X-rays to determine the extent of the damage or decay. Next, they administer a local anesthetic, and carefully remove the pulp from the center of your tooth. Your provider rinses the tooth out and fills it with a material called gutta-percha. 

When the gutta-percha dries, your provider takes digital impressions of your tooth and sends them to a dental laboratory. The dental laboratory uses your impressions to manufacture a custom crown designed to fit perfectly. 

Before leaving Dlight Dental, your provider bonds a temporary crown to your treated tooth.

Second appointment

Two or three weeks later, you visit Dlight Dental. The team administers a local anesthetic, removes your temporary crown, and bonds the permanent crown in its place. Then, they polish the tooth, remove any excess material, and provide you with care instructions.

What is recovery like following root canal treatment?

After root canal treatment, it’s normal to experience some mild discomfort and increased tooth sensitivity. Avoid biting down on your temporary crown for at least a day and stick to soft foods like scrambled eggs or yogurt. Continue to brush and floss but be gentle around the treated tooth.

When you receive the permanent crown, it might feel a little awkward at first. That is perfectly normal and should subside within a week.

To further explore root canals, request an appointment at Dlight Dental by calling the nearest office to speak with a caring administrative staff member or clicking the online tool.