What Is a Root Canal?
Dr. Ardalan Sanati and Dr. Shohreh Shahram may recommend a root canal in order to save a severely damaged or infected tooth. The root canal procedure allows your dentist to remove any infected pulp and make sure the tooth is cleaned before sealing it.
If the tooth is left untreated, the infection can spread to the tissue surrounding the tooth and create an abscess.
Many patients who seek root canals may be experiencing intense tooth pain. Contrary to popular belief, root canal treatment does not cause pain. Instead, it takes away pain and discomfort and relieves the sufferer.
Removing the Infected Portion
When bacteria enter the tooth, it can affect the nerve tissue and pulp, causing infection or abscess. The abscess happens when the infection spreads beyond the tooth root and infects the surrounding soft tissue.
An infected tooth can also cause the following:
- Swelling that spreads to the face and neck
- Bone loss
- Tooth pain
The Process of a Root Canal
During your root canal treatment, your dentist will first apply a local anesthetic to the site to numb it—patients will not feel pain or discomfort during the procedure. Your Vienna, VA dentist will then remove any infection or bacteria and make sure there is nothing left.
Afterward, the tooth will be sealed to prevent bacteria from entering and reinfecting. Patients will feel relaxed and comfortable throughout the whole process. There may be some discomfort in the few days following the procedure that we can remedy with over-the-counter pain medication.
End Your Tooth Pain Today
If you think you could benefit from a root canal, give Tysons Dentistry a call immediately so we can schedule your evaluation.