Men and women who learn they need a root canal often become anxious anticipating the procedure. Arezou Daneshvar, DDS, wants you to know a root canal doesn’t have to be an unpleasant, anxiety-inducing experience. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more experienced dental team at Hometown Dental Care PLLC in Leesburg, Virginia. If you have any hesitations about getting a root canal, give the office a call or schedule an appointment online.
A root canal is a dental treatment that saves and repairs an infected tooth. If your tooth becomes critically infected from the inside, your dentist at Hometown Dental Care PLLC takes out the bacteria and any dead or dying tissue. This saves your tooth and eases your pain.
Roots and tissue inside your teeth can become infected with bacteria as a result of an injury to the tooth or from a cavity that is left untreated.
If you don’t visit Hometown Dental Care PLLC, the infected tissue could spread into the root or pulp of the tooth. If the infection develops any further, this can lead to many other issues, so make sure you seek help.
If you don't seek treatment for the infected tooth immediately, you might experience a significant amount of discomfort. Infected-tooth symptoms might include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, call Hometown Dental Care PLLC to see if a root canal is right for you.
The process of getting a root canal is relatively quick. Your dentist at Hometown Dental Care PLLC can usually fix your tooth within one or two visits.
First, it might be necessary to take a special X-ray – cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) – to determine the degree of damage to the tooth requiring the root canal. CBCT gives Dr. Daneshvar a 3D image of the internal structure of your tooth.
At your appointment, Dr. Daneshvar uses a needle to numb the area with a local anesthetic. Sometimes she puts a small layer of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to safeguard it and keep it sanitary throughout the process.
Once your tooth is numb, she makes a tiny cut in your tooth to access the area of infection inside the root.
Dr. Daneshvar uses a microscope during the root canal, to closely observe small files removing the damaged and diseased pulp. Then she irrigates the area with water to wash away any debris.
After all diseased matter is gone, she either seals the tooth or inserts a non-permanent filling to shield the tooth until you return for a permanent crown.
Book a consultation online or call Hometown Dental Care PLLC if you show even a minor symptom or sign of tooth infection. It could be more serious than you think.