Root canal therapy is the last resort for patients who are struggling with badly damaged, decayed, infected, or painful teeth. Many patients worry when they hear this treatment’s name, but the truth is, you have nothing to fear! Today’s advances in dental sedation and technology have helped root canal therapy in our Fairfax, VA dental office become no more uncomfortable than getting a large filling. Dr. Murray can quickly eliminate your dental pain and restore your oral health to give your tooth a second chance. To learn more about root canal therapy, continue reading or give our office a call.
If we recommend a root canal treatment for your tooth, it’s because we believe that your tooth can still be saved, rather than extracted. If your tooth has become infected as a result of unremoved decay, a root canal will work to remove discomfort and stop the infection from spreading further. If you suffered a physical injury that left your tooth badly damaged, a root canal may also be needed. If you notice severe dental discomfort and experience a high fever, get to our dental office as soon as possible for emergency care.
Should Dr. Murray or De. Saadoon determine that a root canal is right for you, we will schedule your appointment. Prior to treatment, we make sure to numb the tooth and surrounding gum tissue to ensure your comfort during every step of the procedure. We also offer sedation dentistry to keep your nerves at bay and let you enjoy the relaxing and comfortable dental care you deserve.
Once you are completely comfortable, your dentist will create a small access hole in your crown via specialized tools. Through this access point, we will clear away decayed, dead, or infected pulp tissue from inside the tooth. After irrigating and shaping the canal to thoroughly remove any trace of bacteria, we’ll place a rubber-like material (called gutta percha) to replace the tissue that was removed. Not only will this strengthen the tooth, but it will reduce the risk of a future infection.
Lastly, a permanent custom-made crown is then placed on top of the repaired tooth. Our office provides same-day dental crowns, so you won’t need to wear a temporary restoration as your final crown is crafted. We’ll check to ensure that your bite is comfortable and lines up correctly, and then you’ll be ready to enjoy your newly pain-free smile.
Though root canal therapy has a bad reputation, this common treatment actually offers numerous benefits that will improve your quality of life, such as:
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