Root Canal Washington, DC Dentist

Root Canal An Overview

A root canal is an important restorative dental procedure which can save a natural tooth which has become infected or severely damaged. There are several common symptoms that signal the possible need for a root canal:

  • Tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Gum soreness

Drs. John and Jeremi Arroyo will choose to save the tooth with root canal therapy whenever possible to avoid the more complex procedures of tooth extraction and replacement. Although many patients become anxious when this treatment option is recommended, it is often no more painful than a dental filling due to advances in technique and the use of a local anesthetic.

I have seen Dr. Jeremi Arroyo for a few years now and could not be happier. As somebody who flinches at the idea of going to a dentist, I have learned to trust Dr. Arroyo at a level well beyond all of my previous dentists. I have absolute confidence in him.Iain R.
I like going to this dentist and recommend Dr. Arroyo to people whenever I hear someone is looking for a referral. Beyond the easy scheduling and convenient appointments, the staff is just really cool. Rachel (the dental hygienist) is fun to talk to, even at 7:30 in the AM, and the cleanings feel more like a pampering mouth treatment more than anything painful (hurts so good). It's like hanging out with a girlfriend in the spa.Nora G.
Go here. Dr. Jeremi Arroyo (and all of the staff) is amazing. I think this is the first time I can say I look forward to seeing my dentist. I will definitely be going back for a regular cleaning. Only potential downside is that you would have to schedule your cleaning appointment about 2 months in advance, since he does book up.Christina O.

Root Canal What to Expect

A root canal involves making a small hole in the back of the tooth to access the tooth pulp. The infected tissue and damaged nerve will be removed and the root canal will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The tooth will be temporarily sealed to keep out food and saliva until the next appointment.

Once the infection is clear and the root canal is free of debris, the dentist will fill the tooth with a biocompatible rubber compound called gutta percha. Finally, he will cover the tooth with either a dental filling or dental crown to add strength and protect it from future damage.