Root Canals are one of the special procedure performed by the excellent team of Doctors at Dulles Dental Group. Located in Centerville, Virginia, Dr. Zia Ahmadzada and Dr. Kristin Bae provide quality root canal procedures for any patient in need of dental assistance.
Root Canals Q & A
What Is a Root Canal?
Teeth are filled with soft tissue called pulp. The pulp can become infected or decayed, and if it does, a root canal is the only way to clean it out. A root canal is an endodontic or dental surgical procedure designed to remove the diseased pulp. A root canal is typically performed in a dentist’s office, and patients won’t usually need anything more than a local anesthetic.
Why Would a Root Canal Be Necessary?
Inflamed or infected pulp in the tooth usually results from some other problem. A deeply decayed tooth, a dental procedure, or a chip or crack in the tooth can allow bacteria to get into the pulp. If the problem isn’t treated, patients may develop an abscess or even lose the tooth entirely. Some people don’t have symptoms, and the problem is discovered during a routine exam. However, most people have pain and sensitivity to heat or cold. The area around the tooth may become swollen and red, or may drain.
What’s the Procedure Like?
Although a root canal is a relatively simple procedure, it may take two visits. In the first visit, the dentist will numb the area with local anesthetic, then drill a small hole in the tooth. Using small instruments, he or she cleans out all the diseased pulp. The hole is filled with a rubber-like material and covered with a temporary filling. The second visit is for a crown to replace the top of the tooth and provide strength for it to function properly.
What is the Aftercare of a Root Canal?
The natural tooth is susceptible to breakage immediately after the procedure, as the filing is just temporary. Chew carefully and avoid hard candies or ice cubes. Pain is usually minimal, and over-the-counter medications should be effective. Continue usual dental care routine of daily flossing and twice-daily brushing. Resume normal preventive dental care routine after the permanent crown is placed.