Root Canal Therapy

PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Sterling, VA
If you’ve an infected tooth root, a root canal could probably be the best solution to alleviate pain and save your natural tooth structure. In Sterling, Virginia, the dedicated dental professionals of PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry have extensive experience providing root canals that successfully protect and improve your dental health. If you have questions about a root canal and you would love to put your dental health first, call PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry or use the book online with Dr. Kourosh Kianpour, DDS, or perhaps Dr. Mojgan Partovi, DDS, today.

Root Canal Therapy Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is actually an effective in-office dental procedure where your dentist removes the infected pulp of your tooth and replaces it with a biocompatible material. Your dentist performs a root canal to save your tooth structure, so you still maintain the ideal appearance and functioning of your tooth.

Your dental pulp contains nerves and blood vessels. The pulp is required while your tooth grows and develops, but once your tooth has reached full maturity, the pulp is not necessary to retain its integrity. It is better to remove the pulp if It is infected.

Why would I need a root canal?

You may not have any symptoms. Nevertheless, during your regular professional dental cleanings and checkups at PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, your dentist is able to determine if there’s an infection in the pulp on a X ray. Several of the symptoms or signs that you may need a root canal are:
 

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Pus drainage or an abscess in the area of an infected tooth
  • Prolonged sensitivity to cold and hot
  • Soreness when you are pressing on or perhaps chewing with your tooth.
Whether you are experiencing any symptoms, you need to contact your dentist to find out if a root canal is the easiest way to provide you relief from your pain.

Is a root canal painful?

Your dentist will perform your root canal under local anesthesia so you will not feel a lot during the procedure. Following your root canal, you might feel a little sore and sensitive in the region for a few days. You are able to use over-the-counter pain medications to help relieve the discomfort of yours.

If you have pain for more than a couple of days, you need to contact your dentist at PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. After the healing process is complete, the root canal should alleviate some pain caused by your infected tooth.

What can I expect when I get a root canal?

With a root canal, your dentist numbs the area around your affected tooth and makes a little hole in your tooth. Your dentist carefully scrapes out any signs of infection and places a bacteria killing dental solution inside.

Your dentist adds gutta percha (a special dental rubbery material) to fill in the part where your infected pulp was. In order to complete your root canal procedure, your dentist seals the area.

Your dentist often fits root canals with a crown to protect the vulnerable area. Your dentist ensures your crown is actually a great fit for your teeth. Your dental crowns are made from a sturdy porcelain material.

To find out if a root canal is the right treatment to protect and improve your dental health, schedule online, or call PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today.

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