Root Canal in Vienna, VA
Of all the many procedures performed in a dentist’s office, a root canal probably has one of the worst reputations. People believe a root canal is painful and takes a lot of time. However, with advances in anesthesia and dental processes, neither of these is true. In fact, a root canal in Vienna, VA is designed to eliminate the pain of an infected tooth and usually doesn’t take much more time than an ordinary filling.
How Did My Tooth Become Infected?
Not easily, that’s for sure. Each and every tooth in your mouth is coated in a layer of enamel, which is a crystalline substance that protects the tooth and gives your smile a beautiful sheen. Enamel also happens to be the hardest substance in the body.
Underneath the enamel is dentin, another strong material that is filled with tubules that transmit sensation to the nerve deep inside your tooth. When dentin is exposed, extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures may develop. The previously mentioned nerve—along with blood and lymph tissue—is housed in the pulp chamber and through canals that run down through a tooth’s roots and connect to the body’s nervous system and blood stream.
Bacterial infection can invade the pulp chamber and root canals when a tooth has a large untreated cavity, a penetrating crack or a deep fracture. When any of these occur, bacteria can access the pulp chamber, leading to infection and eventually the demise of the tooth.
What are the Symptoms of an Infected Tooth?
The leading sign of tooth infection is a toothache. Unfortunately, the pain can be quite debilitating, often preventing you from concentrating at work or sleeping at night. In addition, you may notice:
- Swelling on the side of your face
- Extreme tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
- A sore on the gum near the infected tooth
- Swollen glands in your neck
How is a Root Canal Performed?
Dr. Hisham Barakat and Dr. Jennifer Bobbio will first anesthetize your tooth and the surrounding soft tissue so you won’t have any pain or discomfort during treatment. If you’d feel more comfortable, sedation dentistry is also available. Speak to your Vienna dentist about the level of sedation that is best for you.
The procedure itself begins when an access hole is opened in the tooth. Through this very small opening, the dentist inserts special instruments that remove infection, debris and the nerve, blood and lymph tissues in the chamber and root canals. Fortunately, your tooth can function well without these tissues. Then, the vacant space is disinfected and filled with a biocompatible substance that expands to support the remaining tooth structure and prevent recontamination.
A root canal concludes when the dentist places a temporary filling to seal the opening. In a few weeks, you’ll return to your dentist at Vienna Smiles to have a porcelain crown placed over the tooth. With this, your tooth can function normally and look completely natural.
Contact Vienna Smiles today if you have any questions about root canal therapy, or if you need to schedule an appointment. We’re located in Vienna, VA, and we also serve the areas of Idylwood, Wolf Trap, Tysons Corner, Oakton, and beyond.