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Root Canal Therapy – Sterling, VA

Remove Discomfort and Save Teeth

There are many common misconceptions when it comes to root canal therapy. Not only are root canals supposed to save teeth severely damaged by tooth decay and infection, but they also do not inherently cause pain or discomfort. In fact, they are designed to remove the pain caused by the oral infection in the first place. At Lowes Island Dentistry, Dr. Ansari has the expertise to safely and effectively restore your tooth to the absolute fullest. Call our dental office to schedule your next treatment and save your smile!

Why Choose Lowes Island Dentistry for Root Canal Therapy?

  • Advanced Digital X-Rays and CT Cone Beam Scanner
  • Soft Tissue Laser Improves Treatment Process
  • Multiple Strengths of Sedation Available

What is a Root Canal?

Woman in dental chair holding cheek

A root canal treatment is a restorative form of dental care designed to save teeth damaged by infections. When infections develop in teeth, they appear in the center of the tooth where the vulnerable soft tissue lies. Here, bacteria can easily break down the pulp and nerves of teeth, which is why there is often a lot of discomfort associated with oral infections. In order to stop the infection from spreading, cease all pain, and save the tooth, a root canal is performed. With 15 million root canals performed in the United States annually, it’s considered to be the most common endodontic procedure. 

When is a Root Canal Necessary?

Root canal treatment is generally reserved for tooth experiencing infections in the inner area where the pulp is located. Having an infection in this location is not only extremely uncomfortable but also dangerous due to its close proximity to the brain. If you’re experiencing constant pain or aching in your tooth and you aren’t sure why, we can confirm if an infection is present and schedule you for root canal treatment moving forward. If you notice swelling, pimple-like bumps on your gum tissue or notice fever-like symptoms, get to our dental office right away.

What Should I Expect During a Root Canal?

Prior to beginning your treatment, we’ll explain each step of the procedure and determine if you need additional services (such as sedation) to feel relaxed. We’ll always provide a local anesthetic to the tooth and surrounding gum tissue beforehand, ensuring the most comfortable experience possible. Most people compare the process to receiving a dental filling.

Once you are prepared for care, we’ll create a tiny access hole in the top portion of your tooth so we can reach the inner area. Then, we’ll start cleaning and irrigating all decayed tissue from inside the tooth, shaping it as we go to make room for replacement material. This is known as gutta percha and it not only replaces the damaged pulp, but reduces the risk of a future infection from developing. Lastly, we’ll cover the tooth with a temporary crown, then reschedule you for a separate appointment to have a permanent crown placed at a later date.

Important Aftercare Tips to Know

Following your root canal, it’s important to follow aftercare steps provided by our office. Please look over them below and keep them in mind as you prepare for your future treatment.

  • Take over-the-counter painkillers or prescriptions as instructed.
  • Wait until numbness wears off before eating food.
  • Avoid biting down on the treated tooth until it is restored by our office.
  • Brush and floss daily as you would normally, making sure to use caution around the treated tooth.
  • Keep to a soft diet for the next few days.
  • Call our office if you experience pain or swelling. Mild soreness and tenderness over the next few days is normal, but never severe pain or any symptoms you experienced prior to treatment.