A Root canal procedure is a very common dental procedure with about 41,000 performed each day. Dental 32 Fresh Smiles’ root canal treatment aims to provide you lasting relief from the pain caused by infected and decaying teeth. This treatment option can save your teeth and help you to avoid a complicated dental extraction and replacement. Our root canal dentist, Dr. Ninh, along with his highly trained staff, have the skills and expertise to repair your tooth and quickly have you smiling again. Call our dental office in Ashburn (703.672.1121) or contact us online to schedule an appointment today!
Root canal procedures are an option for patients who have bacterial tooth decay that has reached the nerve of their tooth. When this happens, the nerve usually dies off, causing a severe painful sensation and the inside of the tooth, where the blood vessels and nerves are located (the dental pulp), to become infected. If left untreated long enough, the harmful bacteria in the infected pulp can spread to the ends of the roots and can potentially spread even further.
Endodontic treatment allows us to get inside the tooth and clean out the infection and any dead nerves to prevent further damage to your oral health. They are a good option for patients who wish to save their natural tooth. If customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.
There is no clear way to know when you will need a root canal except by coming in for your regularly scheduled dental exams. However, there are some warning signs to lookout for that can indicate you may need the help of our root canal dentist:
If you experience any of these symptoms, we recommend scheduling a visit with our root canal doctor immediately to help prevent further damage to your teeth and oral health.
Saving the tooth is usually our root canal dentist’s recommendation. However, there are cases where an extraction would be preferable, i.e. if the tooth is non-restorable and extensively decayed. Other times, a patient may only be worried about relieving their pain and don’t care about saving their tooth as long as the pain stops, in which case, an extraction would be the preferred option. Root canals are the best option, however, if you want to keep the functionality, look, and feel of your natural teeth.
Sometimes finances can also be a contributing factor as extractions can be less expensive in comparison to root canal treatment and a crown. But sometimes what’s cheaper in the short term, can end up being more expensive in the long run. For example, if a patient opts to remove the tooth, it would be cheaper now, but in the long run, it would be more expensive if they decide to replace it with an implant or bridge.
This is ultimately a personal decision, but Dr. Ninh will make sure you have all the facts in front of you so you can make the best decision for your smile and oral health.
The majority of the pain associated with a root canal is the result of the decay and infected nerves before treatment. Our root canal services relieve this pain as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Our root canal doctor will also make sure that the area around your tooth is thoroughly numbed prior to starting the procedure through the use of local anesthesia. Dr. Ninh will check in with you throughout the procedure, to ensure that the numbing agent is still doing its job, as well. You may also feel some soreness for a few days afterwards.
When you first visit our office in Ashburn, VA, Dr. Ninh will begin by performing an examination of your tooth. He will work with you to come up with a customized treatment plan that is right for your unique smile. Our root canal dentist will make sure you understand what has happened to your tooth and what the best options are for restoring your smile.
Most root canal cases can be handled in-house by Dr. Ninh. Only with the most difficult of cases, will we have to refer you to one of our local endodontist partners (root canal specialists). These cases usually involve your tooth being calcified, obstructed, or in a difficult location that we cannot access.
The actual root canal can take anywhere for 1 to 3 hours depending on the severity of the infection and dental pulp decay, and how accessible your tooth is. We will first numb the surrounding area so that you feel virtually no pain during the procedure. Once our root canal dentist is sure that the area is properly numbed and consent is given, we will open the tooth up. Dr. Ninh will start by placing a rubber dam to isolate the tooth. Through a series of instrumentations, the canals are cleaned out and shaped. The canals then are rinsed out with a cleaning solution that kills the bacteria and removes the dead nerve tissue.
After the cleaning process is completed, your tooth is dried out and sealed. We will then temporize the tooth or start on the crown that same visit. With the infection and blood supply to the tooth removed, the tooth will become brittle. Crowns are a crucial step to protect the tooth from breaking or decaying further.
Your out-of-pocket expenses will ultimately depend on your dental benefits plan. Most insurances will cover at least a percentage of the total cost for our root canal services. Our staff will make sure you understand the cost of each of your treatment options, so you can make the best decision for your unique situation.
At Dental 32 Fresh Smiles, Dr. Ninh, along with the rest of our staff, is dedicated to providing you with the best possible experience while ensuring the long-term health of our patients’ smiles. Maybe that’s why we have invested in cutting-edge technology and dedicated countless hours to learning the latest techniques. We want to make sure all of our patients recover as soon as possible while feeling as little pain as possible along the way. Our dental professionals will work tirelessly to save your teeth, so you not only have a better smile, but also a higher quality of life.
The professionals at Dental 32 Fresh Smiles have the experience and expertise to save your infected tooth. Our friendly staff, along with our root canal dentist - Dr. Ninh, are here for you when you need to relieve the pain and prevent any further risk to your oral health. Contact us online or call our office in Ashburn, VA to schedule your root canal consultation today!