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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.
There is nothing to fear about root canals. Find out more about this commonly performed dental procedure.
Hearing your dentist tell you that you need a root canal may fill you with anxiety, but there is truly nothing to fear. Arm yourself with all the information you need to understand your upcoming procedure so that you can get through it easily and stress-free.
Q. What is a root canal?
A. This endodontic procedure is necessary when the inside of the tooth, known as the dental pulp, is either infected or damaged. The dental pulp can be affected by severe decay, infection or trauma. Once the damage reaches the pulp, your endodontist will recommend having a root canal.
Q. Do I need a root canal?
A. It can be difficult to know when you might need to come in for a root canal, which is why going in for your six-month checkup can protect your smile and detect issues when they are still easy to fix. Common symptoms that might warrant a root canal include,
Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold
Persistent or severe pain, particularly when chewing
Tooth pain that keeps you up at night
An abscess that develops around the affected tooth
Q. What should I expect from my upcoming procedure?
A. Root canals are a common practice. While many people worry that it might be rather time-consuming and invasive, it is no more complicated than getting a cavity filled.
The purpose of the procedure is to remove the affected dental pulp. Your general dentist will drill through the hard outer layers of enamel until we reach the internal part of the tooth. From there, your dentist will carefully remove the diseased tissue and disinfect the inside of the tooth if an infection is present. Once treated, we will use special materials to rebuild the tooth from the inside out. Most teeth treated with a root canal will also need a dental crown to protect the weakened tooth from further damage.
Q. Is the procedure painful?
A. Most people worry that a root canal will be painful. Everyone’s heard stories! But keep in mind that many people needing a root canal are dealing with pretty unpleasant and chronic dental pain. The purpose of the procedure isn’t to instill more pain, but to actually eliminate the source of the pain. Plus, a root canal is performed under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel a thing.
Contact your Dentist
Still have questions about root canal therapy? Need to schedule your next dental appointment? Then it’s time to call your dentist today. We would be happy to answer all of your dental questions.