Fairfax Root Canal Therapy
Root canals have a reputation for being painful and unpleasant. Actually, root canal therapy can help patients relieve toothache and dental sensitivity and save a tooth that might otherwise be extracted. At Fairfax Dental, we provide safe, comfortable root canal therapy to renew oral health and put the smile back on your face. The best news? With our dedication to patient comfort, your root canal won’t hurt at all, and most patients tell us they feel much better after their procedure. We often provide root canal therapy on an emergency basis, so if you’re experiencing severe toothache or dental sensitivity, call our Fairfax dentist and team right away. In most cases, we’re able to see emergency patients on the day they call, so you’ll be out of pain and back to your daily routine in no time.
When Root Canals are Recommended
Root canal therapy is necessary when dental damage or decay reaches the innermost layer of the tooth called the pulp. The nerve system of the tooth runs through the pulp layer and out through the root of the tooth, connecting with the rest of the body. When dental damage and decay access the pulp layer, the nerve system is irritated, which can lead to severe pain, dental sensitivity, inflammation, and soft tissue infection. Root canals, remove the damaged tissue and preserve healthy tooth structure.
How Root Canal are Performed
Root canals are usually performed on an emergency basis. Patients will contact our Fairfax dentist with severe toothache, lingering sensitivity to heat and cold, or infection in the gums around a specific tooth. We begin treatment by numbing the area around the damaged tooth to immediately remove pain. Then, the dentist carefully drills an access hole from the top of the tooth to the inner layer. The infected or damaged pulp and nerve structure is removed. In some cases, patients need to complete a course of antibiotics to remove infection before the treatment can be completed. Once the tooth is free from infection, we refill the inner layer and reseal the access hole. Finally, a dental crown is placed over the top of the treated tooth. The crown protects and strengthens the root canal treated tooth.
What to Expect after Root Canal Therapy
Following your root canal, you may have some minor discomfort as the tissues around your damaged tooth can be irritated. However, you should not continue to experience the severe toothache pain or sensitivity to heat and cold that preceded your treatment. If you do continue to have pain or sensitivity, call our team right away. You may need further treatment. Within 48 hours of your root canal, you should be back to normal. You can continue to brush and floss your treated tooth as usual. Take care not to tug on your dental crown when flossing, and make sure you’re using soft toothbrushes and minimally abrasive toothpastes. We’ll check your root canal treated tooth during every dental checkup to make sure it stays whole and healthy.