3 Common Questions About Root Canals

3 Common Questions About Root Canals

The goal of a root canal procedure is to save a tooth that has become severely infected by removing the bacteria and the dead tissue from inside the tooth. When compared to past techniques, today’s modern methods have evolved making this procedure a relatively comfortable treatment.

Dr. Wissam Ali and the team of oral healthcare professionals at NOVA Dental Anesthesia in Burke, Northern VA, want to educate their patients, current and new, on the root canal procedure.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

A root canal is needed when there is an infection deep inside the tooth. The pulp, bony connective tissue inside of the tooth, can become infected from an injury or from a severe, untreated cavity.

What Exactly is the Procedure?

A root canal is a four-step procedure performed over two visits to the dentist’s office in Northern VA. Below is a general overview of each step.

  • The procedure is performed under a local anesthetic to numb the area of the affected tooth. When the numbing is complete, the dentist (or the endodontist) may place a dental dam, a small sheet of rubber, to keep the area dry and clean.
  • A small drill is used to create an opening at the top of the tooth. Small files will be used to remove the damaged pulp and to shape the tooth’s inner chamber. The area will then be irrigated to rinse away any remaining pulp. An antimicrobial solution will be put into the chamber to kill any remaining bacteria to prevent further infection.
  • When the chamber is cleaned and dried, it will then be filled. A rubber-like material, called gutta percha, is often used. The opened chamber will then be temporarily filled.
  • After a few weeks, the dentist will complete the procedure by placing a permanent crown on the top of the treated tooth. Depending upon the condition of the remaining tooth, a supporting post may be inserted into the root chamber to support the crown.

The meticulous care of the teeth and gums after a root canal procedure is a must. This care involves additional dental check-ups and a rigid oral care regimen at home.

The dental check-ups will be for x-rays of the treated tooth and professional cleanings. In addition to brushing and flossing at least twice per day, there may be the instruction of brushing with an antiseptic toothpaste and the use of a prescribed microbial rinse.

With care and attention, the tooth subjected to a root canal may stay healthy for the remainder of one’s life.

Is the Treatment Painful?

People often connect a root canal with pain. However, when a root canal is performed correctly with the use of modern anesthetics, a root canal will not be any more painful than a filling.

If you would like a consultation for additional information regarding a root canal procedure, then please contact the oral healthcare professionals at NOVA Dental Anesthesia, where new patients are always welcome.

NOVA Dental Anesthesia is trusted and highly recommended for root canal procedures, as well as other treatments and procedures in oral surgery, cosmetic and sedation dentistry.

Call Now Book Appointment