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At Legacy Dentistry of Virginia, we offer safe and efficient root canal treatment to our patients. We use a unique reciprocating handpiece that allows the dentist to perform this dental procedure quickly, easily, and more safely.
To make an appointment with one of our general dentists for a root canal procedure, contact us at (703) 378-5600. Our patients’ oral health is our primary concern.
What is a Root Canal?
During a root canal procedure, your dentist will remove the dental pulp with inflammation or infection. The dental pulp is the connective tissue inside your teeth that contains nerve endings. Infected pulp can cause extreme pain, and root canal treatment is essential to prevent infection from spreading to the rest of your mouth.
Dentists and endodontists can both perform root canal procedures. Endodontists specialize in endodontic treatments of the dental pulp and the root of the tooth.
When Do You Need a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy treats infected or inflamed dental pulp that is causing you pain or could lead to infection. You should contact our office to inquire about a root canal procedure if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Severe pain
- Discolored, blackening teeth
- Inflamed gums
- Sensitivity to temperature
If you avoid a root canal procedure for too long, you can open yourself up to severe tooth infection in the future. If the infection spreads too far in your mouth, you may even need to have a tooth extracted.
What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure?
Many patients are wary of root canal procedures because they have a reputation for being uncomfortable. Fortunately, our office’s reciprocating handpiece allows us to perform your root canal quickly and safely to make the procedure more comfortable.
During a root canal procedure, your dentist will:
- numb the affected tooth and access the pulp space
- Clean and fill the area
- Apply a temporary filling
After the root canal is completed, you will need to return for a crown to help protect the tooth. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene after the treatment is completed to increase the longevity of the restoration.