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Dental One Associates of Fairfax
9942 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22031

What’s a Root Canal?

Inside each of your teeth is a soft, pulpy mass that contains nerves and blood vessels. When the tooth becomes infected, exposed, or is damaged, then it can be extremely painful and you’ll lose the function of that tooth as well as the surrounding teeth. When you come to our Fairfax office for endodontic therapy, we can restore the function to your tooth by a procedure known as a root canal. It’s a permanent, one-time procedure that’s done in our office. If you need a root canal in Fairfax, then call our office for an appointment.

How Do I Know If I Need One Or More Root Canals?

If you have one or more teeth that are badly damaged or decayed, then you may need a dental root canal. Unlike other body parts, teeth cannot heal themselves, so damage or decay usually needs to be removed surgically. If you’re experiencing any of the following, then you may need a dental root canal treatment:

  • Deep, painful cavities that may be accompanied by discoloration of the teeth
  • Moderate to severe pain in one or more teeth
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Pain when you bite down
  • Swelling or inflammation of the gums around one or more teeth
  • Severe pain during the night

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Do All Dentists Do Root Canals?

Most general dentists can perform standard root canals. However, if you need a complicated procedure or you need a previous procedure redone, you may need to be referred to a specialist called an endodontist. During your initial visit, we’ll let you know if we need to refer you to a local specialist. However, most of the time, we can perform your procedure in our office. If you need one or more root canals, then call our Fairfax office for more information or to schedule an appointment.

What’s the Root Canal Procedure?

Frequently, a root canal can be completed in one office visit that can last up to two hours. The steps that we’ll take are as follows:

  • We’ll numb the area surrounding your tooth
  • We’ll place a shield around the area to keep it sanitary
  • Your dentist will drill a small access hole in the crown of the tooth
  • We’ll remove the damaged pulp, then clean the area and shape the canals
  • We’ll rinse and disinfect the canals
  • We’ll fill the canals with gutta-percha and then seal them
  • Your dentist will install a root canal crown to protect your tooth and ensure that it doesn’t crack

What Do Root Canals Cost?

Any dental procedure will be unique to the patient and root canals are no exception. Several factors will determine your final root canal cost, including:

  • The number of roots involved
  • The type and location of the tooth or teeth
  • The type of material used for the crown
  • Any additional work that you need
  • Your insurance benefits
  • Whether a specialist was involved

When you come to our office for your initial evaluation, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive estimate of the cost of your procedure. If you are unable to afford the work you need, we’ll work with you to see what financing options are available. If you need endodontic therapy, then call our Fairfax office for an appointment.

Is There More Than One Type of Endodontic Procedure?

Standard root canals are performed on molars as well as other types of teeth, including those in the front. For a retreatment of a previous procedure, you may need an apicoectomy, which removes the tip of the root. Another option is a pediatric pulpotomy, which removes the pulp but the nerves remain. Your dentist will advise you of the type of procedure that will be best for your needs. Be sure to ask any questions you may have during your consultation with your dentist, we want you to feel comfortable with your procedure.

Is a Root Canal Treatment Procedure Painful?

We do our utmost to ensure that you’re pain free throughout your procedure. We’ll numb the area before we commence work on it, and we’ll make sure that you’re comfortable for the entire procedure. If you need endodontic work, don’t delay because of the fear of pain. Infection or decay in your teeth can adversely affect your physical health and will be more painful than the entire procedure, so don’t neglect your oral health. Root canal treatment pain is a common misconception and one we are working hard to dispel so our patients seek care quickly. As we mentioned before, teeth can’t heal themselves, so as soon as you detect a problem it’s best to visit your local dentist. We will do our best to help you find a solution that works for you.

We have an excellent reputation within the local community and we strive to maintain it, so if you need high-quality, affordable endodontic work, call Dental One Associates of Fairfax at {PHONE] to schedule an appointment with a root canal dentist. We look forward to working with you and adding you to our list of satisfied, pain-free patients.

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