McLean Aura Dentistry
Dentists located in McLean, VA
When your teeth are deeply affected by cavities or infection, you may suffer decay and disease that reaches deep into the pulp. At this point, only a root canal can save your tooth. The trusted team at McLean Aura Dentistry, consisting of prosthodontist Dr. Negar Tehrani and dentist Dr. Chang Yi, performs root canals to preserve your oral health and restore functionality of the tooth. If you live in McLean, Virginia, or the surrounding area, call the office or book an appointment online to learn more about the root canal procedure.
Root Canal Q & A
Who needs a root canal?
The pulp is deep inside your tooth and consists of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. When an infection strikes, it endangers the integrity of that tooth and surrounding teeth. You may think a root canal will be painful, but it alleviates the pain you’re experiencing.
If you have a tooth with infected pulp, you’re at risk of losing the tooth and having the infection spread to your jawbone or other areas of your face, head, or neck.
What symptoms suggest I need a root canal?
Sometimes, an infection hasn’t caused any symptoms yet but is detected at a regular dental visit. Getting a root canal can prevent the development of symptoms, which include:
- Severe pain
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Discoloration of the affected tooth
- An abscess or a pimple on the gum around the tooth
- Swelling of nearby soft tissue, such as your cheeks or gums
The root canal procedure eliminates these symptoms to give you relief and save your natural tooth.
What happens during a root canal?
During a root canal, Dr. Tehrani numbs the area surrounding your affected tooth. She makes a small hole in the tooth and cleans out the infected pulp. Next, she places a solution to discourage further infection and fills the tooth with a rubber-like, biocompatible substance called gutta percha. Then she seals the tooth, and the root canal is complete.
Following a root canal, Dr. Tehrani or Dr. Yi place a crown, or prosthetic cap, over the tooth to protect it and restore function and appearance.
How should I care for a tooth after a root canal?
Immediately following a root canal, you may have slight soreness for a few days, but the severe pain of the infection should be resolved. Over-the-counter pain medications can help soothe any immediate pain.
Long-term care for a root canal is no different than the basic oral hygiene you perform on your other teeth. With twice-a-day brushing, daily flossing, and regular professional cleanings, your root canal can last a lifetime.
For an expert root canal, contact the trusted team at McLean Aura Dentistry by phone or book an appointment online.
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