Root Canal Therapy

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.

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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, especially throbbing tooth pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night
  • Tenderness or swelling

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.

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. The tooth might still have some sensitivity, but it will go away after the inflammation and tooth heal.

After the root canal treatment is completed, it is very important to seal the tooth with a crown. This will help protect the tooth for many more years to come! Many times we have seen a tooth previously treated with a root canal that gets cracked, and becomes unrestorable and has to be extracted.