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Root Canal Specialist

Reston Dental Center

Dentists & Periodontists located in Reston, VA

If you have a severe cavity or tooth infection, the best way to save your tooth and smile is by having a root canal. The experienced dental team at Reston Dental Center provides root canal therapy at their Reston and Vienna, Virginia, offices and can restore your tooth and improve your oral health. To learn more about root canal therapy, call the office today or request an appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

What is root canal therapy?

Also referred to as endodontic treatment, root canal therapy is a dental procedure that removes the pulp from your tooth after it’s become inflamed or infected.

The pulp of your tooth contains nerves and blood vessels, but it isn’t necessary for the survival or health of your tooth. But without removing the infected or inflamed pulp, you risk a more serious oral health infection that may affect your other teeth or jaw.  

How did my tooth get infected?

You may develop an infection if you have a deep cavity or a broken or fractured tooth, which exposes the pulp in your tooth to the bacteria in your mouth leading to an infection. Large fillings, trauma to the face, and repeated dental procedures may also increase your risk of a tooth infection that requires a root canal.

Symptoms that may indicate an infection include:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Pain when you bite down
  • Swelling in the gums
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Tooth discoloration

However, you may not develop any symptoms at all, which is why it’s important to get regular checkups and cleanings at Reston Dental Center so they can monitor your oral health and avoid serious problems before they occur.

What happens during root canal therapy?

You may fear root canal therapy because it has a reputation of being painful. But the experienced team at Reston Dental Center provide gentle dental care and make sure you’re comfortable throughout the experience.

During your root canal therapy, your dental specialist begins by first numbing the area. Then, a small hole is created in your tooth and the infected pulp is removed. Your tooth is cleaned and disinfected, and then packed with a special cement to seal and protect your tooth.

Once your root canal is completed, the hole is sealed with a crown or filling. If you need a crown, a mold of your tooth is made and a temporary crown is placed until your permanent crown is made and placed during a separate visit.

You shouldn’t feel any pain after your root canal, but you may experience some inflammation and sensitivity. Your specialist may recommend an anti-inflammatory to relieve your discomfort.

Root canal therapy may be necessary to save your tooth and improve oral health. For expert management of all your oral health needs from a team who goes above and beyond, call today or book an appointment online.