Root Canals

Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, PLLC

General Dentist located in Washington, DC

An excruciating toothache that keeps you from eating, sleeping, and generally enjoying life may be a sign of infection or nerve damage. At his private practice in Washington, DC, general dentist Mohammed Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, offers root canal treatments to repair infected teeth. If you think you might need a root canal, call the office of Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, PLLC or book an appointment online today.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal procedure restores and preserves a tooth that’s decayed beyond what a filling can help. During a root canal, Dr. Nkutu Kirunda removes the damaged or infected tissue from inside your tooth. Then he cleans out the cavity and seals it to prevent further infection.

For more protection and enhanced aesthetics, you may want to cap your root canal with a crown.

Why should I get a root canal?

The words, “root canal,” may sound intimidating, but it’s much better to get one than to allow your tooth to continue to decay.

Sometimes tooth decay is so bad that it causes infection. Without a root canal, this infection may spread or lead to an abscess. Neglecting an infected tooth may also cause the following problems:

  • Deterioration of the surrounding bone
  • Inflammation in your head and neck
  • Drainage of bacteria into your gums and cheeks

Dr. Nkutu Kirunda strives to preserve your natural teeth. A root canal may be the last line of defense before a tooth needs to be extracted.

How can I tell if I need a root canal?

Root canals offer relief from the excruciating pain that an infection or nerve damage causes. You may need a root canal if you experience any of these common signs of a tooth infection:

  • Extreme tooth decay
  • Dental abscess
  • Previous tooth injury
  • Fractured tooth

The best way to know if you need a root canal is to book an appointment with Dr. Nkutu Kirunda.

How does a dentist perform a root canal?

First, Dr. Nkutu Kirunda takes an X-ray of the affected tooth and examines it for signs of infection. If you do need a root canal, he prepares you for treatment by first numbing the area with a local anesthetic. You may want to use nitrous oxide sedation to help you relax throughout the procedure, but you’re conscious the entire time.

Next, he drills a hole into your infected tooth. After removing the decayed or damaged pulp from within your tooth, Dr. Nkutu Kirunda cleans the inside of the cavity. Then, he protects your tooth from new infections by sealing it off.

Once your root canal is finished, Dr. Nkutu Kirunda discusses your options for covering the tooth with a crown, if necessary.

If you think you may need a root canal to relieve your tooth pain, call Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, PLLC or book an appointment online today.