Root Canal Herndon VA
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure that repairs severely damaged or infected teeth, often caused by a cracked tooth or severe cavity. This process involves Dr. Alwan removing the damaged area of your tooth, called the pulp.
The pulp is the soft tissue that lies in your tooth and extends from the crown of your tooth to the tip of the root in the jawbone. It contains your nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Your infected pulp is the reason for your toothache. Ultimately, a root canal helps relieve dental pain and save your teeth.
What happens during a root canal?
First, Dr. Alwan examines your affected tooth with an X-ray. If he finds your tooth decay is extensive, he administers local anesthesia to perform a pulpectomy.
A pulpectomy is the root canal procedure that involves Dr. Alwan carefully removing the damaged pulp inside your tooth. He then cleans and disinfects the canals and the pulp chamber of your tooth.
Finally, Dr. Alwan fills the opening with a special material, sealing the tooth. Despite popular belief, root canal treatments are no more painful than a cavity filling.
The treatment process may involve 1-3 visits to Dr. Alwan.
When is a root canal necessary?
Dr. Alwan performs a root canal when the pulp in your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain and even lead to an abscess.
Reasons your pulp can become inflamed or infected include:
- Deep decay
- Repeated dental procedures on your tooth
- Faulty crown
- A crack or chip in your tooth
- Tooth injury
A root canal can help you maintain your natural smile and allow you to continue eating the foods you love. With proper care and oral hygiene, most teeth that have had root canal treatments can last a lifetime. Until you receive a consultation, it’s impossible to know if you might require the procedure. If you think you might need a root canal, call Herndon Healthy Smiles or schedule an appointment online. Dr. Alwan can help determine how to alleviate your pain.