Root canal therapy is the last resort when patients are struggling with teeth that are badly decayed to the point that fillings, crowns, and other common restorative procedures will prove ineffective. Many patients worry when they hear its name, but the truth is, you have nothing to fear – today’s advances in anesthesia and technology have helped root canal therapy in our Fairfax, VA dental office become no more uncomfortable than other common tooth decay treatments. During the procedure, Dr. Murray will access the inside of the affected tooth and thoroughly remove diseased pulp and bacteria before sealing the area shut to prevent further infection.
Prior to treatment, we make sure to numb the tooth and surrounding gum tissue to ensure your comfort during every step of the procedure. From there, we create a small access hole in your crown, then use it to clear away dead or decayed pulp inside the tooth. After irrigating and shaping the canal, we’ll place a rubber material (gutta percha) to replace the tissue and reduce the risk of a future infection. A permanent crown is then placed on top to cover the access hole.
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.
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