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 Virginia, want to educate their patients, current and new, on the root canal procedure.
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.
A root canal is a four-step procedure performed over two visits to the dentist’s office in Northern Virginia. Below is a general overview of each step.
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.
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.