Root Canal An Overview
A root canal is often considered a “life-saving” treatment for a tooth that is severely damaged or diseased. Dr. Datta, Dr. Sensenbrenner and Dr. Shaw will always recommend a tooth canal if appropriate to avoid tooth extraction, keeping your natural tooth and smile in tact.
The phrase “root canal” actually refers to the natural cavity at the center of the tooth. Inside the root canal is soft tissue called pulp and the tooth’s nerves. Bacteria or debris can enter this area and cause an infection or inflammation or in extreme cases, an abscess.
The root canal procedure, like many dental procedures, has also been the beneficiary of advances in techniques and the improving standard of materials. Most patients report that their root canal was no more uncomfortable than a dental filling. In many cases, the pain caused by the infection within the tooth is immediately relieved once the procedure is under way.
Ridgetop Dental performs root canals in our family friendly, modern dentist offices in Reston and Sterling, VA. Your dentist will go over all aspects of the root canal procedure with you and discuss options for anesthesia to ensure you are completely comfortable. If you experience dental anxiety, we offer dental sedation, including nitrous oxide.
After the Root Canal Treatment
To strengthen the tooth after root canal therapy, we recommend the placement of a dental crown to help support the structure of your tooth. Crowns are custom fit and color matched to your natural teeth. They fit around your entire tooth like a cap and will help support the long term health of your tooth.