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Root Canal services offered in Washington, DC

If you have an infected tooth, root canal treatment can help eliminate pain and prevent infection from spreading. This advanced treatment is among the services offered by Walter J Grace, DDS, in Washington, DC. If you have questions or concerns about the root canal process, call the office to set up a visit. Online booking is also an option and allows you to book from home any time of day or night.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a treatment that addresses infection or inflammation in the inner chamber of your tooth. It is an effective way to not only eliminate dental pain, but it can also prevent the need for tooth extraction and replacement. 

Once a dreaded dental procedure, advancements in dental technology have made root canals far easier to perform. Most patients report no more discomfort or stress during root canals as with having a simple filling placed. 

Root canal treatment works by removing all traces of infected tooth pulp, which also eliminates pain signals. The treated tooth is covered by a dental crown to provide additional protection and strength.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Dental pain when biting down is the primary symptom of an infected tooth. Additional signs that you might need a root canal include:

  • Pimple-like sores on your gums
  • Swelling or tenderness in your gums
  • Lingering sensitivity to heat or cold, even after the source is removed
  • Darkened gum tissue
  • Advanced dental decay
  • Chipped or cracked tooth

A thorough dental exam can reveal whether a root canal is the right restorative treatment option. 

What are the steps involved in getting a root canal?

Dr. Grace begins by gathering X-rays or digital imaging to learn more about the structure of your tooth and surrounding tissues. If he determines a root canal is the best possible treatment option, he numbs the area prior to moving forward. 

Once you are fully numb, Dr. Grace begins by creating a small opening in the tooth to gain access to the inner chamber. He uses a series of slim dental tools called files to carefully remove all traces of infected tooth pulp. 

He then rinses the cavity and fills the hollow chamber and canals of the roots with a special dental material called gutta percha. He seals the access opening with a small filling and places a temporary crown to protect the tooth until the permanent crown is ready. 

Once your permanent crown arrives, you’ll return to have it cemented into place. This completes the restoration, and your treated tooth will look and function just like the surrounding teeth. 

If you’d like to explore the root canal process in more detail, call the office to set up a visit, or book using the simple online scheduling page.