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If you are currently experiencing severe pain or swelling of your gum or jaw, you may be a good candidate for a root canal in Northern Virginia. Our dental practice provides practical solutions for restoring your teeth to full functionality.

We want you to be able to achieve the best outcomes for your bite and your smile. Root canals are an advanced procedure that can resolve deep seated inflammation, swelling, pain and infection quickly and effectively. Our dental professionals would be delighted to discuss your root canal options with you to help you start addressing the injuries and infections at the roots of your teeth.

What Are Root Canals?

Root canals are surgical procedures that remove the pulp and the roots of a damaged, broken or infected tooth to stop pain and eliminate infection that can cause pressure on nerves. Also known as endodontic treatment, a root canal procedure is a surgical option that offers real help in managing pain and preserving the viability of the tooth as part of the overall bite structure.

Do You Need a Root Canal?

Root canals are usually recommended in cases where the patient is experiencing serious or chronic pain in a single tooth. Some of the most common symptoms of infection or abscesses in the roots of teeth include the following:

  • Sensitivity to pressure or temperature changes
  • Severe or persistent tooth pain that may awaken you at night
  • Visible cavities or discoloration of teeth
  • Swelling at the roots of your tooth or your jaw

These symptoms can make it difficult to work, sleep or do any of the things you enjoy. By calling our dental office right away, you can ensure the best possible results and the fastest relief from pain for yourself or any member of your family.

What Kind of Dentist Performs Root Canals?

Your root canal dentist may be a general dentistry practitioner or an endodontic specialist. Endodontists specialize in the structural repair and surgical restoration of teeth from roots to crown. These specialists are usually required to perform retreatment of previously failed root canals or to provide oral surgery services for complicated dental issues. Our team will work with you to determine the best approach for your dental problems and to devise a plan that relieves pain and restores your tooth to full functionality.

What Happens During a Dental Root Canal?

Root canals generally include some or all of the following steps:

  • Your dentist will apply local numbing or general anesthesia to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible throughout your procedure.
  • The tooth will be isolated from other teeth and the rest of your mouth with a small dental shield. This will help to keep the surgical area clean.
  • An opening is made through the crown to allow your dentist to access the inside of your tooth. During this stage, your dentist will remove the pulp and roots of your tooth and will clean the inside of your tooth and the root canals to eliminate tissue that could become infected. The irrigation process may use water or another fluid to ensure the safest process for your procedure.
  • When the inside of your tooth is clean and prepared, your dentist will fill the canals with a substance called gutta-percha that seals off the roots to prevent further issues from developing.
  • A root canal crown is usually applied to create a hard outer shell for the tooth, which may be fragile after the removal of the pulp and portions of the interior and exterior of the tooth.

How Much Should I Expect for the Root Canal Cost?

Root canals typically vary in cost depending on the amount of work needed to complete these procedures. Our team will work with your insurance company to provide the most effective and practical options for your family and your budget. If you don’t have insurance, we may be able to arrange payment or discount plans so call our office for more information. This will allow you to enjoy greater peace of mind when planning for the cost of your procedure in our office.

Are There Varying Types of Root Canals?

Root canals are used to treat both molars and other teeth, including front teeth. Pediatric pulpotomy procedures are designed for children and typically remove only the diseased pulp of a tooth while leaving the nerve in place. Apicoectomy treatments are used when previous root canal procedures have failed to work and involve the removal of the tip of the affected tooth’s root.

Preparing for Your Dental Root Canal Treatment

If you are feeling nervous about your upcoming procedure, don’t hesitate to contact our dental office to ask any questions or to request more information. Our team is committed to providing you with the best possible dental services for your needs and the needs of your family. Call us to schedule a consultation or an appointment for other dental services today. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.

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