About Root Canal Therapy
Are you one of those patients, who put off the dentist, that have a constant tooth ache, but are afraid that you will need a root canal? At City Smiles DC, our board-certified general dentist, Dr. Stuart Ross, has 40 years of experience in providing his patients with compassionate, gentle dentistry. A root canal is an intensive procedure to relieve tooth pain, and stop the spread of infection to other teeth. When the pulp of the tooth becomes infected, the tooth slowly begins to die. If the tooth is not so decayed that an extraction is not necessary, Dr. Ross may suggest a root canal treatment. For proper healing and to stop the pain and spread of infection throughout the blood stream, the pulp of the tooth must be removed. Dr. Ross may require some patients to take antibiotics before and after the root canal treatment for best results. Once the pulp is extracted, Dr. Ross will use a filling material inside the tooth, and restore the decayed tooth with a crown to protect it from damage and future infections.
Dr. Ross offers many options for sedation dentistry for his patients, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to make the process as stress-free as possible. Ask Dr. Ross about what your individual process may look like for a root canal in a private consultation in his office in Washington, DC. Stop living with tooth pain today.
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"I've been seeing Dr. Ross for thirty years. He is extremely talented and professional. He takes his time to makes every procedure as comfortable and pain-free as is possible. Very friendly staff give out free M&Ms. What's not to love?"- J.S. / Yelp / Oct 01, 2017
"Not a big fan of going to the dentist, but even cleanings are a treat at City Smiles. Dr. Ross is up on all the latest tech and makes the experience pretty darn comfortable. I recently had to have a crown replaced and while this has been an ordeal at other dentists, the afternoon I spent was really great. Cozy blankets, eye protectors, a place for your stuff while you're waiting for the crown to cook, any kind of music you want, and just an overall very relaxing experience, all things considered. I've been going to Dr. Ross since I moved to DC about 4 years ago and he and his team are the best."- D.H. / Yelp / Sep 24, 2017
"Dr. Ross is a dental artist! He beautifully repaired our teenage son’s broken front tooth, eased fears, and explained the longer term plan and how the tooth will change with maturity. It is such a relief to have the excellent team at City Smiles caring for our family. I have been a happy client for more than 25 years."- J.B. / Google / Sep 18, 2017
"This was an excellent experience. The staff was kind. The doctor was very thorough. He took away pain I was having from another dental facility. It is clean and neat. I highly recommend City Smile in DC."- L.S. / Google / Sep 04, 2017
What to Expect
Before the root canal begins, the dentist will numb the patient’s teeth and gums with a local anesthetic, as well as nitrous oxide gas for further patient comfort and relaxation if needed. Once the patient is prepared, the dentist will carefully remove the pulp from the decayed tooth, both the visible portion of the tooth and the root below the gum line. After the tooth is removed, the dentist will place a crown or filling material to strengthen and protect the treated tooth.
After the root canal treatment, the patient’s lips and gums will remain numb for a few hours, but the patients will be able to drive and leave to recover at home. If the patient is feeling any pain after the procedure, they can take an over-the-counter painkiller, following the instructions on the label. If the dentist placed a temporary crown over the tooth, the patient will return after the fixed crown is created and sent back to the office. The dentist will then place the crown and check the fit. The patient should return for annual dental exams and professional cleanings twice a year, or as recommended by the dentist.
The cost of the root canal will depend on how many teeth are being treated and where the teeth are located in the mouth. Additional costs may be added for emergency cases if the patient needs a same day or weekend root canal. If a crown or other dental implant is used, that cost will be added to the patient’s total cost.
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Stop Dental Infections
If you have a toothache or infection, make an appointment to have the dentist look at your tooth and talk about treatments, including a root canal. A root canal can prevent more serious dental problems and relieve your pain. Don't delay your visit to the dentist. Call and schedule with City Smiles DC today.