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What To Know Before Your Root Canal Procedure
posted: Jan. 04, 2021.
Here’s what to expect when you come into our Sterling, VA, practice for a root canal.
Are you or someone you love about to turn to our Sterling, VA, dentist Dr. Rashin Bidgoli for a root canal? If so, we know that you may have questions or want to know more about the dental procedure you are about to undergo. We want our patients to not only take a vested interest in their dental health but also to make sure that they fully understand any procedure they are about to receive. Here’s what you should know about a root canal,
Don’t Ignore a Toothache
When the dental pulp of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected, you’ll certainly know it! That’s because the pulp is jam-packed with nerves, which means that it’s the part of the tooth that “feels." However, if the pain subsides, don’t think that it means that everything is okay. An infected dental pulp won’t get better on its own, and often the infection will just travel into the roots and jawbone if you don’t get this problem treated right away.
A Root Canal Should Not Be Painful
Despite what you might have heard, a root canal procedure is not painful. That’s because our Sterling VA dentist will make sure to fully numb the area around the tooth with anesthetic to make sure that you don’t feel a thing. If you’ve been dealing with a toothache for a couple of days, just the simple act of numbing the area can finally provide you with the relief you need. Plus, once our dental team removes the infected pulp you won’t be dealing with that toothache any longer.
A Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth
The goal is to always protect your natural teeth and preserve them whenever possible. By getting a root canal right away we can save the tooth from irreparable damage or from damaging neighboring teeth or the jawbone. This is why you should act fast once a toothache is set in.
A Tooth Extraction isn’t an Alternative to a Root Canal
The only way to treat an infected or inflamed dental pulp is to remove it, and a root canal is the only way to do that; however, if you are considering just having the tooth removed, you might want to think again. It’s always best to preserve your natural teeth rather than removing them, as this can affect your bite and oral health. It’s much easier and more cost-effective just to undergo a simple root canal procedure.
Dental pain may mean that you need a root canal, and our Sterling, VA, dental team can get to the bottom of it. If you have questions about root canal therapy or any of the other dental services we offer, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (703) 444-4229.