Root Canals

A root canal is, in essence, a last-chance procedure to save a severely decayed or infected tooth. Why is it called a “root canal?” This refers to the area within the teeth where the nerve and pulp are located—and which often the source of growing decay and pain. The nerve and pulp must be removed if the rest of the tooth is to be saved.

The nerve is not essential to ongoing tooth function, serving mostly to detect temperature differences and changes in pressure. However, if it has become infected, it is a liability that could result in swelling, drainage, and bone loss if not addressed as soon as possible. In a root canal treatment (also known as an endodontic treatment), a dentist creates a small opening in the tooth’s crown and cleans out the pulp and nerve. The empty space is then filled in and sealed, preventing further decay to take place.

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How can you tell if you might need a root canal? Here are a handful of symptoms to watch for:

  • Extreme pain and sensitivity while chewing or putting pressure on the tooth.
  • Internal discoloration of the tooth.
  • A recurring pimple on the gums, which may indicate an abscess.
  • Heightened sensitivity to temperatures (both hot and cold).
  • Increased gum sensitivity and swelling.

If you exhibit any or all of these symptoms, it would be wise to contact a dentist to discuss whether a root canal treatment is your best solution. Root canals are highly successful in saving teeth that would otherwise be lost to decay. It helps retain full tooth functionality while minimizing ongoing care and costs.

Once a root canal is completed, the affected area receives a dental cap or filling, entirely concealing the work done so your smile retains its full, healthy appeal. It isn’t uncommon for the tooth or surrounding gums to be sensitive for a few days after the procedure but this shouldn’t prevent patients from returning to their daily routines immediately following treatment.

Basic, ongoing dental hygiene and oral protection is an easy and affordable way to prevent a root canal from ever being necessary in the first place.

A root canal may be your best option for ongoing dental health. Contact Smile Beautiful Dental today for a free consultation to see if this is the case!

Meet Your Dentists

Dr. Daniel P. Jones D.D.S.
Dr. Daniel P. Jones D.D.S.

Dr. Dan Jones specializes in “Painless Dentistry”. He believes that making the dental experience as comfortable as possible is a key element in empowering each patient to take an active role in their oral health.- Full Biography
Dr. Justin Jones D.D.S.
Dr. Justin Jones D.D.S.

Dr Justin “JJ” Jones has a passion for dentistry with a goal to provide enjoyable, comfortable and calming dentistry to all of his patients. Treating patients of any age with a smile, Dr. JJ is excited to continue the tradition of dental excellence in DC.- Full Biography
Dr. Min Seong Kim D.M.D.
Dr. Min Seong Kim D.M.D.

Dr. Min Seong Kim love of dentistry arose from his interest in science and patient care. Dr. Kim’s dedication to providing detailed, high-quality treatments aligns perfectly with the philosophy of providing top level care.- Full Biography

What Sets Us Apart?


Entrusted by his father, Dr. Paul Jones, with the wisdom of 42 years of experience, Dr. Daniel P. Jones is dedicated to maintaining a long tradition of dental excellence in the DC area.


Conservative approach to dental problems and emphasis on painless dentistry, combined with the modern treatments and technology, provide the most comprehensive and comfortable dentistry possible.


Patient care is at the forefront of Smile Beautiful. The entire office wants to assist the patient in making the best choices for themselves and family. Extra special steps are commonplace for the patient.

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A few words from our patients:

Dr. Dan is the best dentist ever. Most recently I was treated for a gum abscess which led to a root canal on a tooth with a crown and two courses of antibiotics. One week later the abscess is gone, and my tooth is no longer sensitive to hot or cold, crunch or chew, or touch. It feels great, looks great and I could not have asked for a better result. Dr. Dan, you and Leonardo Da Vinci do some great work–masterpieces!!! And you are both in the smile making business…Me and Mona smiling together. Thank you.
Marsha, Google