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?
We treat acute pain as an emergency and will see you as soon as possible. Root canal treatment by our skilled dentists is virtually painless.
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What Is a Tooth Infection?
A tooth infection happens when bacteria invade the interior of a tooth, which includes the root canals (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. Left untreated, the infection kills the pulp and can spread to other parts of the body, and even be life-threatening. A root canal is a simple way to eliminate the infection 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. The skilled dentists at Smile Designer of Leesburg, 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.
In many cases, we can treat the root canal and place a crown on the same day using our advanced CEREC® technology. However, in some cases, we may choose a more conservative path and wait before crowning your tooth to ensure the infection has been completely eliminated.
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. We have offices in both Leesburg and Arlington.
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Can I Wait to Get a Root Canal?
Waiting too long 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. 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 and 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 a Root Canal Is Performed
Root Canal Procedure
We use high-end porcelain and zirconia to create crowns that will protect teeth after a root canal.