Root Canal Therapy
Dentist Fairfax, VA
The team at Sensational Smiles understand there are many causes of tooth pain. The nerve of a tooth can be exposed to bacteria through decay or fractures in tooth structure. When this internal structure is exposed to bacteria and becomes infected, root canal therapy is the treatment required to clear out the source of infection and save the tooth. Root canal therapy treats the center, or pulp, of a tooth that is inflamed, infected or dead. The pulp is a soft substance consisting of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
Symptoms of infection include visible injury or swelling, sensitivity to temperature, or pain in the tooth and gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact Sensational Smiles for a consultation.
Root canal therapy involves removing the pulp from the tooth chamber and canals. We then clean the canals with a disinfecting solution. During your root canal therapy, we will provide local anesthesia to ensure your complete comfort. Many technologies have improved to make root canal therapy less painful for the patient.
After treatment, we may place a temporary filling to protect your tooth until your restoration is complete. Your tooth may feel sensitive for the first few days. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medicine. Avoid chewing on the treated tooth until you have your full final restoration. If you are concerned you might have an infected tooth, contact Sensational Smiles.