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. Dr. Ross works closely with reputable endodontists within the DC Metro area and our office will transfer all information to the endodontist of your choosing.
For proper healing and to stop the pain and spread of infection throughout the bloodstream, the pulp of the tooth must be removed. You may be required to take antibiotics before and after the root canal treatment for best results. Once the pulp is extracted, the endodontist will use a filling material inside the tooth. Next, you will return to our office for a crown to protect it from damage and future infections.
Ask Dr. Stuart Ross about what your individual process may look like in a private consultation in his office in Washington, DC. Stop living with tooth pain today.
"I haven't been to this office, but I had my invisalign done in Boston by Dr. Olga Spivak, who recently moved to City Smiles in DC - so I trust it must be a great place. Dr. Spivak guided me through the occasionally challenging process of fixing my bite, with an excellent result. I come from a heritage of terrible teeth so not an easy job. She's a great mix of kind and thoughtful with effective and pragmatic. A friend but also highly professional, both with clients and fellow staff. Wish she hadn't left! For the record, I asked for her new office so I could post a review, and I write them seldom. Totally unsolicited."- C.B. / Google / Mar 06, 2019
"Dr. Ross and his team are amazingly warm and friendly. They instill a sense of comfort in their patients and do all they can to make sure you understand your different options."- A.H. / Google / Mar 04, 2019
"I just returned from City Smiles and I can't express how happy (and relieved) I am with Dr. Ross and his wonderful team. I'm another one of those terrified about going to the dentist and neglected my teeth for far too long. When I had a major problem last Friday night, my husband (who has been a long-time patient) called Dr. Ross, who fit us in when he didn't have office hours on Saturday. He took his time to explain everything to me and did not make me feel neglectful or embarrassed. His bedside manner is the best I've seen with any doctor. Today, he and Deneen and Ashley took excellent care of me and I know I'll be a regular patient going forward. I can't recommend them highly enough. Thank you Dr. Ross and everyone at City Smiles!"- J.B. / Yelp / Feb 11, 2019
"Semi-Annual Cleaning Appointment - I have been coming to see Dr. Ross and his team for 28 years and have enjoyed every minute of the experience. I hope he will be around for another 28 years"- R.M. / RateABiz / Feb 08, 2019
"Highly, highly recommend City Smiles! Dr. Ross was so personable and thoroughly explained his process. He was very informative and answered all my questions. The staff was incredible as well. Very helpful in regards to insurance questions and dealing with the insurance provider."- M.S. / Google / Jan 24, 2019
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.