Why You Might Need a Root Canal
The purpose of a root canal procedure is to remove bacteria in the pulp of an infected tooth. The aim is to prevent further infection and to save the tooth. Once the pulp has been removed, the root canal is cleaned and then sealed. A crown may be added to protect the weakened tooth from further damage. Dr. Gael Delany, Dr. Julian Moiseiwitsch, and Dr. Naghmeh Latifi are root canal specialists at DC Endodontics in Washington, D.C.
Signs That You May Need a Root Canal
Patients may need a root canal specialist if:
- Persistent toothache or severe pain
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Bleeding around a tooth
- Puss around a tooth
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- Gum swelling or inflammation around a tooth
- Grey or brown discoloration of a tooth
- Deep decay
What to Do to Save Your Tooth
If you are noticing one or more of the above signs or symptoms you should contact DC Endodontics as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the higher the risk that you will lose the tooth. You don’t have to worry that a root canal will be painful, our dentists are experienced and will make sure you feel no discomfort while they complete the procedure. If you seek treatment as soon as possible, they may be able to save your tooth.
You can prevent tooth infections by practicing daily oral hygiene including brushing twice daily, flossing daily, and using mouthwash. You should also get a regular six-month dental check-up so that early warning signs can be spotted and treated before they become serious. You will also benefit from an annual professional dental cleaning.
If you are looking for a root canal specialist in Washington D.C., call DC Endodontics at (202) 364-0234 to arrange a consultation.