A root canal is the only way to preserve your natural tooth when the soft tissues in the middle of the tooth are infected. When the doctors at the Dental Center of Tysons Corner perform a root canal, you stay comfortable and pain-free. At the first sign of a toothache or dental pain, please don’t wait — call their office in McLean, Virginia, or use online booking to schedule an appointment.
A root canal is a dental procedure to remove infected pulp from inside your tooth. The pulp consists of living tissues that keep your tooth alive and healthy, such as nerves, blood vessels, and cells that produce the bony tissue below your enamel.
These soft tissues are located inside a small canal that begins in the root and runs up to the center of the tooth, creating a space inside the hard enamel. By the time an infection reaches the pulp, chances are it has also spread to your gums and has begun to erode the supporting bone.
When the pulp inside your tooth is infected, a root canal is the only treatment option to eliminate the infection and preserve your natural tooth.
Tooth enamel normally protects the soft tissues inside each tooth. When the enamel is damaged by a chip, crack, decay or injury, bacteria can get inside the tooth and cause an infection.
Severe pain is often the first sign of an infection, but you may also experience:
Root canals have a longstanding reputation as a painful procedure, but with the doctors at the Dental Center of Tysons Corner's expertise, you won’t experience pain or discomfort. Following a local anesthetic or other sedation, a specially designed dental instrument is used to reach inside the tooth and remove all the soft tissue.
After the canal is cleaned and disinfected, it’s filled and sealed to prevent future infection and support the tooth’s structure.
If your tooth is in good condition, you might not need further dental restoration. But if the natural tooth is too weak and damaged, the doctors use a dental crown to restore your appearance and ensure your tooth stays strong and continues to function.
Thanks to the root canal and your daily routine of brushing and flossing, your natural tooth may last the rest of your life. It’s possible, however, for the tooth or a crown to become cracked and chipped. If you don’t have a crown, the remaining tooth can also decay, so be sure to keep your regular dental checkups to ensure your tooth stays healthy.