Root Canal Therapy

Blond woman in green shirt smilingDo you have a severely decayed tooth? Maybe your tooth became cracked a while ago and now it’s causing you extreme pain. In the case that a tooth becomes severely damaged or decayed, a root canal from your dentist in Fairfax may need to be completed to save the tooth. Take a deep breath, root canals are here to save your smile, not hurt it.

Root Canals Restore Smile Health

Red haired woman smilingRoot canals don’t have the most positive stigma.  The truth is, with comfortable sedation options and state-of-the-art technology, the procedure is much less painful than the toothache you’re already dealing with when you need to receive a root canal. In fact, your root canal can relieve that pain and help your smile restore it’s full health again.

Understanding the Procedure

So what happens in the root canal procedure? Once you’ve been made totally comfortable with your choice of sedation dentistry and/or a local anesthetic, the treatment is completed in these simple steps:

  1. Your dentist identifies the extent of the damage with x-rays and a thorough examination, then accesses the inner chamber of the affected tooth with a tiny dental drill.
  2. Then, your dentist will meticulously remove all bacteria, the diseased pulp and its nerves.
  3. When your tooth has been cleaned out and all infected areas removed, we seal it closed to prevent further infection.
  4. The final step includes a beautiful, natural-looking dental crown to seal the tooth and provide an aesthetically pleasing result. No one will be able to tell you’ve had a root canal!

Beyond the Procedure

Smiling woman receiving a dental examAfter you’ve had your root canal performed in our office, you can expect the tooth to feel sore or tender the following few days, but this is temporary. This discomfort is part of your body’s normal healing process, so just follow your dentist’s instructions and you should be fine!

Here are some tips to help you manage any slight discomfort after you’ve gone home from your root canal therapy appointment:

  • Avoid excessively crunchy or sticky foods.
  • Brush and floss your teeth as you normally would to keep your smile healthy.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain medication as directed.
  • Wait until numbness subsides to eat anything.

If you’re experiencing discomfort related to your decayed or damaged tooth, don’t put off the inevitable—the need for effective dental care. Find relief from your toothache with root canal treatment here at our local office! If you’ve got questions or are ready to restore your teeth with a wonderful restorative procedure, the first thing you need to do is contact us and schedule your next available date for an appointment and speak to a Fairfax dentist. We look forward to hearing from you!