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7015 Old Keene Mill Rd, Suite 101

Springfield VA 22150  

(703) 879-6939

Root Canal Therapy is used to treat the nerve of teeth that are infected or severely decayed. Root Canal Therapy can help save a tooth that would otherwise need to be removed. The process involves removing the pulp, bacteria, nerves, and decay from the tooth, and replacing it with medicine to help repair the damage.


Under certain conditions, Root Canal Therapy is a much better alternative to extraction because it can be more cost effective, it saves the tooth, and prevent issues from developing with surrounding teeth. During your dental exam, we will be able to recommend whether or not Root Canal Therapy is a good option for you.


When Is Root Canal Therapy Needed?


You may want to consider Root Canal Therapy if you’re experiencing the following symptoms:

A pimple on your gums

Your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold foods/liquids (a tingling sensation)

A toothache

Tenderness or swelling


If you are experiencing these symptoms and come in for an exam, we might recommend

Root Canal Therapy when:

The tooth is decayed into the pulp

The inside or the root tip of a tooth has been infected

A tooth has suffered some type of trauma



Root Canal Therapy In Springfield VA


Root Canal Therapy is performed by either a dentist, or an endodontist. If you are experiencing extreme tooth pain, or if there is a large amount of decay in the tooth, Root Canal Therapy may be required. Sonrisas and Smiles Dental Care accepts emergency patients for evaluations for root canal therapy.  We offer free telephone consultations after hours for patients in extreme pain, and we will work with you to make an appointment in our office as soon as possible.


Depending on the severity of the infection or decay, you may need one or more appointments for the procedure. We start by numbing the tooth. Then we place a rubber sheet around the tooth so that it’s dry during the procedure. We make an opening on top of the tooth to place root canal files into the area and remove the nerve tissue, pulp, bacteria, and decay. After the tooth has been cleaned, we seal it with a permanent or temporary filling.


During the next appointment (about a week later), we will fill the inner cavity of the tooth and seal it. We will also place a dental crown on the tooth as well to keep it protected. The tooth might still have some sensitivity, but it will go away after the inflammation and tooth heal.


Root Canal Therapy