Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy has a reputation for being painful, but the Tysons Dental Esthetics team has good news for patients who need a root canal – this procedure will actually relieve pain. In fact, most patients feel immediately better, and the root canal procedure allows us to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. If you’re in need of a root canal or you want to find out more about other dentistry services we offer, please don’t hesitate to call our team to find out more or schedule an appointment in our Tysons and Falls Church dental office.
When is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?
Patients will need root canal therapy if damage or decay accesses the inner layers of the tooth where the nerve system is housed. When this happens, the nerve can be damaged or inflamed leading to severe toothache pain and dental sensitivity that indicates a need for root canal therapy.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
The only way you’ll know for sure that you need a root canal is to visit our team. We’ll examine your smile closely using state-of-the-art digital x-rays that will show us clearly how far your decay or damage extends. We offer treatment for most patients in need of root canal therapy on an emergency basis, so it’s important to contact our team immediately if you notice any of the common warning signs that you need root canal, including:
- Severe toothache that may cause sharp pain when biting down and/or a constant, dull throb
- Lingering dental sensitivity when the tooth is exposed to heat or cold
- Darkening of the tooth enamel usually near the gum line
- Infection, swelling, or inflammation in the gums around a specific tooth
- Tooth that feels loose
- Cracked tooth enamel
How is Root Canal Therapy Performed?
This treatment is actually very straightforward. We drill a small hole from the top of the tooth to the inner pulp layer. Then, we remove the damaged nerve and pulp tissues. The tooth is refilled with a biocompatible material, and the access hole is sealed. We will typically also recommend placing a dental crown to protect the root canal treated tooth. In some cases, we need to prescribe oral and/or topical antibiotics before refilling the treated tooth. This reduces risk for infection and further tooth decay weakening the enamel.
What Should I Expect After Root Canal Treatment?
Following your root canal treatment, the toothache and dental sensitivity that preceded the procedure should be significantly diminished. You may notice some irritation or inflammation for the first 48 hours following the procedure, but if you experience increasing pain or dental sensitivity, you should contact us immediately. In some cases, we will still be able to save the tooth with retreatment.