Root Canal Treatment in

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is recommended when a tooth’s interior pulp has become infected. A root canal treatment can often save a tooth from extraction.

Dental Root Canal in Centreville

What is Root Canal Treatment?

Inside every tooth is soft tissue known as pulp. The pulp is full of blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues and extends all the way to the jawbone. Normally, this part of the tooth is protected by the enamel, but a deep cavity or oral injury can leave it exposed and lead to a root canal infection.

Some signs or symptoms include:

  • Severe toothache
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Swollen and tender lymph nodes
  • Swollen gums
  • Recurring abscesses on the gums

During root canal treatment, the tooth’s inner pulp will be removed and replaced with medicated fillings. These fillings promote healing and provide structure and strength for the tooth following treatment.

Before providing root canal treatment, we will take X-rays of the tooth to view the extent of the damage. Appropriate anesthesia will be used before the treatment is started. The final step of preparation is to place a rubber dam around the tooth to keep it dry and prevent the infection from spreading.

During the procedure, we will use special tools to access the inside of the tooth from the top. We will then clean out any infected material and decay. Once the inside of the tooth is clean, an antimicrobial liquid will be used to flush out the root canals. We will then use medicated fillings to seal off the structure and to provide strength for the tooth. Finally (usually at a later date), we will place a dental crown over the tooth. The will protect the tooth from further damage.

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