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Root Canals in Foggy Bottom

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Blossom Dentistry provides root canal treatment in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, DC. Call us today at 202-922-2900 to schedule an appointment.

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is needed when an infection reaches the center of a natural tooth, usually as a result of decay or damage. The tooth’s pulp is sensitive because it is rich with blood vessels, nerve endings, and connective tissue, which is why infections and inflamed tissues of this area are particularly painful. If the pulp of a tooth is infected and it is not treated, the infection can spread to surrounding tissues and abscesses often form. Deep decay, along with other factors, can lead to such infections.

The goal of a root canal is saving teeth. This is important because whenever a tooth is extracted, bone density in the jaw is impacted. The roots of our teeth stimulate the growth and retention of jaw bone tissue; when the roots are removed, bone loss occurs. This can result in a weakened bite, changes to facial structures, and the movement of remaining teeth. For this reason, root canals are preferable to simple extraction. If the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, removing it through root canal therapy can prevent further complications.

To determine whether root canal therapy is needed, we will conduct an oral exam using cutting edge technology and ask you about your symptoms. Then, we will take an x-ray to look for signs of infection inside the tooth and to see if it has spread to the surrounding bone. Repeated dental procedures can also contribute to the need for a root canal.

Contrary to popular belief, the root canals used to treat this type of infection are not painful––techniques for endodontic treatment have advanced to make the procedure less uncomfortable, and we use local anesthetic to make sure you’re not able to feel the work we do. Getting a root canal is no more painful than getting a filling for a cavity. In fact, putting off treatment and not getting a root canal when you need one is much more painful than the root canal itself! The pulp inside the tooth is a soft tissue.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a root canal cost?
A root canal for the front teeth ranges from $600 to $1300. For bicuspids, a root canal is between $800 and $1,500, and for molars the cost is between $800 and $1,800.
Do root canals hurt a lot?
You may have some discomfort during and after a root canal procedure for 24-72 hours, but it is common to feel no pain at all.
Do you need a crown after a root canal?
Needing a crown after a root canal depends on the location of the tooth in the mouth. Teeth towards the back of the mouth like molars and premolars are needed more for chewing, and generally require crowns, where incisors or canines, which aren’t needed for chewing, don’t always require crowns.
What happens if you don’t get a root canal?
Unfortunately, the infected pulp of the tooth will not heal on its own and requires a root canal to be properly treated. While the patient may no longer feel pain, the infection will still be present inside the tooth. Left untreated, the bacterial infection can spread to your jaw, your brain, your blood, and the rest of your body.
What are the signs you need a root canal?

Signs of infection severe enough to require a root canal include:

  • Serious teeth pain when eating or when you put pressure on the area
  • Teeth pain and sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers even after the hot or cold stimuli have been removed
  • A small, pimple-like bump on the gums near the area of teeth pain
  • It is very common to not have any symptoms at all
  • What is the alternative to a root canal?

The only alternative to a root canal procedure is having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant, or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.

How long do root canals last?
Root canals are over 95% successful and can last a lifetime.
Why do root canals take two visits?
Root canal treatment removes all infection from the root system of the tooth. Some root treatments involve at least two visits to your dentist. One visit usually alleviates any pain from the tooth. On the second visit, the root canal is cleaned, disinfected, shaped, measured, and filled to prevent any further infection.
If you have pain, swelling in the face or neck, or an abscess and suspect you may need to have a root canal, contact Blossom Dentistry at 202-922-2900 to schedule an appointment today.

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