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By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
July 24, 2018
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Have you ever had a toothache or oral injury which was so bad you thought you'd lose a tooth? Many people experience dental damage root canalwhich threatens the viability of their teeth. Fortunately, Dr. Monica Neshat and Dr. Joy Jang at Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offer comfortable and precise root canal therapy which quells infection and preserves injured teeth. Read about the signs which tell your Reston, VA, dentist you need a root canal.

What is root canal therapy?

The American Association of Endodontists--dentists who perform root canals--states that 15.1 million people in the United States get these reliable treatments every year. Why would so many people need them?

Frankly, dental decay and abscess, or infection, can get so bad that a tooth could be lost. Also, oral injuries from car accidents, falls and sports are common. Without root canal therapy, extraction is the only treatment.

With root canal therapy, however, your Reston dentist can remove inflamed pulp from deep inside a sickly tooth. Then, by filling or crowning the tooth, she preserves it, strengthens it and enhances its appearance. Usually, root canal therapy takes only two appointments at Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

Signs you need a root canal

Some patients experience no symptoms when a tooth is in danger. That's why your dentist encourages routine examinations so she can check for decay, gum disease, and other problems before they become serious.

However, other individuals show many signs that a tooth is in trouble and may require root canal therapy. They include:

  • Severe toothache
  • Drainage
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Discolored enamel
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Pimple on the gums
  • Sensitivity to pressure, heat, and cold

How it works

First, Dr. Neshat or Dr. Jang will examine and X-ray your tooth. If she feels there is enough healthy structure left to support a crown, she will inject the area with anesthetic and create the first of multiple access holes into the tooth. These holes allow her to insert tiny files into the root canals.

The dentist removes the pulp and other debris in the canals and adds antimicrobial medication. Each canal is filled with an elastic putty called gutta-percha. A temporary filling or crown tops off the tooth, and you go home to heal.

During healing, the dentist encourages:

  • A soft diet for a day or two
  • Over-the-counter acetaminophen or ibuprofen as needed
  • Limited biting and chewing until the tooth receives a permanent crown

Finishing up

When you return to the office, your dentist will remove the temporary restoration and cover your tooth with a custom-made porcelain crown. You'll enjoy your beautiful, healthy tooth for many years as you brush and floss daily and get your six-month check-ups and cleanings.

Learn more

Root canal therapy is reliable, comfortable, and tooth-sparing. At Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Reston, VA, you expect a great experience and improved oral health. Call today for an appointment if you are concerned about a tooth: (703) 437-5555.