Despite its reputation, root canal treatment is a routine procedure that can ease your pain and save your tooth. If you need root canal treatment in Chantilly, call our office today.
At Chantilly Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re dedicated to saving your teeth whenever we can. That’s why we perform root canal treatment to save infected teeth and restore them, allowing you to keep your smile healthy and complete.
What is root canal treatment?
Named after the area of the tooth that it treats, root canal treatment is used to repair severely decayed or infected teeth. It’s a routine procedure designed to save your infected tooth and ease the pain, swelling and discomfort the infection causes.
How does root canal treatment work?
Root canal treatment is performed to remove infected or decayed tooth pulp. The pulp is the soft tissue that contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. It lies within the tooth and extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the root in the bone of the jaws.
When the pulp is diseased or injured and can’t repair itself, it dies. The most common cause of pulp death is a cracked tooth or a deep cavity. Both of these problems can let germs (bacteria) enter the pulp. Germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. Left without treatment, pus builds up at the root tip, in the jawbone, forming a “pus-pocket” called an abscess. An abscess can cause damage to the bone around the teeth.
When the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result. Certain byproducts of the infection can injure your jaw bones. Without treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.
Treatment often involves between one and three visits. During treatment, our dentist removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. After the pulp is removed, we may recommend a dental crown. The crown will restore the look and function of your tooth, allowing you to resume your normal diet and oral hygiene routines as soon as your restoration is complete.
Does root canal treatment hurt?
People associate toothaches with root canal treatment, but the pain you’re feeling is from the infection itself. Root canal treatment itself is designed to relieve your pain rather than cause it. We will use local anesthesia to numb your mouth during your treatment in order to make the procedure as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
For root canal treatment in Chantilly, call our experienced and friendly staff. You can schedule an appoint with us at (571) 287-7301. If you experience any pain, call us as soon as possible.