Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Procedure in Leesburg, VA

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All the other experiences I've had in the past have been rather painful, and this one was completely pain-free. After this experience, I'm more than happy to come back and get what I need done.

During a root canal, they also do a filling. In past experiences, when I've had just a filling, that was more painful than all of this. It was just a very overall good experience.

It wasn't as bad. I've heard a lot of stories about how bad they're going to be, but this one was completely pain-free. They just keep you calm in it, and they always encourage you to ask questions.

The way they do everything, they make it completely pain-free, and it is very calming. After your first experience here, you're going to realize that it's not like other dentist offices, and you're going to want to come back and get what you need done.

Do you have a toothache? Don’t wait for it to get worse. At our Leesburg, VA dentist office, we can use root canal therapy to get rid of the inflammation, which gets rid of the pain and helps save the tooth.

How Does Dental Pulp Get Inflamed?

The dental pulp in your teeth is protected by enamel and a hard substance called dentin. If your tooth gets damaged, chances are you damaged one or the other. But sometimes the shock from an accident or trauma to the tooth can travel through both and reach the pulp, causing inflammation of the soft tissue there. The same is true for bad tooth decay and even repeated dental treatments like placing crowns. Sometimes, the inflammation goes away on its own, but usually inflamed pulp needs to be removed.

What Happens With Root Canal Therapy?

First, our dentist will use a local anesthesia to numb the area thoroughly. (Some patients can opt for dental sedation to help relieve any anxiety they might feel.) Then one of our dentists will make a small hole in the tooth. The inflamed pulp is then removed, gutta-percha is placed inside, and the tooth is both sealed and protected by placing a dental crown over it. This gets rid of the toothache caused by inflamed pulp and saves the tooth.

What Is Gutta-Percha?

If our dentists just removed the inflamed pulp, part of your tooth would be empty space, leaving the enamel and dentin above it without the support they need. To help prevent weakening your tooth like that, we replace the inflamed pulp with an inert, rubber-like material called gutta-percha. This fills up any space created by the root canal and helps keep your tooth strong.

Aren’t Root Canals Painful?

One of the biggest myths in dentistry is that root canal therapy is painful. While our dentist will need to make a small hole in your tooth to remove the inflamed pulp, root canal therapy is no more painful than getting a regular cavity filled. Between local anesthetic and sedation, you will most likely not feel any discomfort during the treatment.

Root canal therapy can end the pain coming from inflamed dental pulp and save your tooth from being removed. For more information on our root canal therapy, or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today at 703-297-4353 or use our convenient online form.