Root Canal Treatment
Do you have a toothache or a tooth that is suddenly very sensitive to hot or cold? You may have an infected tooth in need of a root canal.
If so, it's best to seek root canal treatment now so you can avoid pain and the need for tooth extraction.
At Smile Designer of Leesburg, VA, we use gentle, state-of-the-art methods to bring relief and save your tooth.
Are You in Pain Now?
If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, you may need root canal therapy. Contact our Leesburg or Arlington office so our dentists can see you as soon as possible. We offer local anesthesia to make treatment virtually painless.
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What Is a Tooth Infection?
A tooth infection occurs when bacteria invade the interior of a tooth, which includes the root canals (the centers of the tooth roots). Teeth have a hard outer surface and an inner layer, called dentin, that is porous. In the center is the pulp cavity, which is filled with nerves and blood vessels.
If a tooth has been damaged, either by decay or an injury, an infection can enter the pulp cavity and root canals. When left untreated, the infection kills the pulp and can spread to other parts of the body, and even be life-threatening.
Root canal therapy performed by a skilled dentist or endodontist is the only way to save the infected tooth. With root canal treatment, a dentist or endodontist can eliminate the infection, relieve tooth pain, reinforce the structure of the tooth, and protect your oral health.
Get Relief From a Tooth Infection in Just One Visit With Virtually Painless Root Canal Treatment
Do you suspect you need a root canal? If so, it's important to have your tooth examined as soon as possible. Drs. Daniel Han, Sooyeon Ahn, and Kaylin Ju at Smile Designer of Leesburg in Leesburg and Arlington, VA, use high-tech digital X-rays and a gentle touch to examine your tooth. If necessary, we will use a cone-beam CT scanner to pinpoint the source of the pain and plan treatment.
We bring big-city expertise to Leesburg without the big-city prices. If your symptoms leave you unsure that you need root canal treatment, we suggest calling. We can talk about what you are experiencing and recommend the appropriate next steps for your situation.
You can ask our staff a question or request a consultation with our dentists by calling:
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You are in good hands with Smile Designer of Leesburg. Drs. Han and Ahn combine state-of-the art technology with old-fashioned patient care to produce beautiful smiles. Kim, the dental assistant who now mans the front desk, has been with the practice for years, knows all the patients and is an absolute whiz with insurance. Smile Designer is a 5-star+ practice!View More Google Reviews
Can I Wait to Get a Root Canal?
Waiting too long to get the care you need can result in tooth loss.
Unfortunately, infected pulp in a root canal will not heal on its own. The infected pulp needs to be removed and the pulp cavity must be disinfected to eliminate all traces of bacteria.
Sometimes people think the root canal has healed itself because they no longer feel pain, but that just signals the nerves inside the tooth have died. The infection remains and can sometimes be seen in other symptoms such as abscesses and swelling around the gums. If it is left untreated, the infection can spread to your jaw, your blood, and throughout your body.
Will I Lose My Tooth?
Getting a root canal treatment as soon as possible is the best course of action and, if done in a timely fashion, can avoid further damage to the tooth and the need for a tooth extraction.
Unfortunately, if the damage is too extensive, the tooth may need to be removed. If this occurs, we will likely recommend a dental implant, the only treatment that can replace your tooth roots. We can attach an implant-supported crown to keep other teeth from shifting out of place and to restore your ability to chew food normally. A dental implant will also stimulate bone growth in the jaw, keeping it strong. Our implantologist, Dr. Daniel Han, is board-certified.
How Root Canal Therapy Is Performed
Root Canal Procedure
A root canal procedure is your first step to being pain-free when infection invades a tooth. The dentists at Smile Designer of Leesburg use advanced dental techniques to make root canal treatment comfortable and effective without having to go to an endodontist. We use digital X-rays and cone-beam CT scanners, when necessary, to carefully plan your root canal treatment.
We use high-end porcelain and zirconia to create crowns that will protect teeth after a root canal.
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The dentists are highly trained and certified at multiple levels. They are NOT pushy about any treatments, unlike other places we tried. That makes me trust them when they say something is of concern. They also work with you if you don't have dental insurance, and even if you do have insurance they look for ways to bring down the cost. Overall a competent, professional, ethical, friendly dentists office, which I recommend without reservation!View on Google
Our whole family goes to Smile Designer of Leesburg and we have had nothing but positive experiences! Kim always has a friendly greeting when you walk in and the entire staff makes you feel at ease from beginning to end. I never feel like unnecessary work is being recommended and completely trust the doctors. It has always been a smooth transaction between Smile Designer and our insurance company. I highly recommend Smile Designer of Leesburg!View on Google
Our Premium Dental Crowns
After a successful root canal, your dentist will cover the tooth with a dental crown, a "cap" that restores its shape and adds structural stability. Our practice uses zirconia and porcelain to create natural-looking restorations that result in a beautiful, functional smile. We can also make same-day CEREC crowns for some patients.