Root Canal Therapy

PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry -  - General Dentist

PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Sterling, VA

If you have an infected tooth root, a root canal could be the best solution to alleviate pain and save your natural tooth structure. In Sterling, Virginia, the dedicated dental professionals of PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry have extensive experience providing root canals that successfully protect and improve your dental health. If you have questions about a root canal and you’d like to put your dental health first, call PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment with Kourosh Kianpour, DDS, or Mojgan Partovi, DDS, today.

Root Canal Therapy Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is an effective in-office dental procedure where your dentist removes the infected pulp of your tooth and replaces it with a biocompatible material. Your dentist performs a root canal to save your tooth structure, so you still maintain the optimal appearance and functioning of your tooth.

Your dental pulp contains nerves and blood vessels. The pulp is necessary while your tooth grows and develops, but once your tooth has reached full maturity, the pulp isn’t needed to retain its integrity. It’s always safer to remove the pulp if it’s infected.

Once your tooth has reached full maturity, however, the pulp isn’t needed to retain its integrity. It’s always safer to remove the pulp if it’s infected.

Why would I need a root canal?

You might not have any symptoms. Still, during your regular professional dental cleanings and checkups at PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, your dentist can see if there is an infection in the pulp on an X-ray. Some of the symptoms or signs that you might need a root canal are: 

  • Tooth discoloration
  • An abscess or pus drainage in the area of an infected tooth
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Soreness when you’re pressing on or chewing with your tooth

If you’re experiencing any symptoms, you should contact your dentist to decide if a root canal is the best way to give you relief from your pain.

Is a root canal painful?

Your dentist performs your root canal under local anesthesia so you won’t feel much during your procedure. For a few days following your root canal, you might feel a little sore and sensitive in the area. You can use over-the-counter pain medications to help relieve your discomfort.

If you have pain for more than a few days, you should contact your dentist at PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. After the healing process is complete, the root canal should alleviate any pain caused by your infected tooth.

What can I expect when I get a root canal?

With a root canal, your dentist numbs the area around your affected tooth and makes a small hole in your tooth. Your dentist carefully scrapes out any signs of infection and places a bacteria-killing dental solution inside.

 Your dentist adds gutta-percha (a special dental rubbery material) to fill in the part where your infected pulp was. To complete your root canal procedure, your dentist seals the area.

Your dentist often fits root canals with a crown to protect the vulnerable area. Your dentist ensures your crown is an ideal match for your teeth. Your dental crowns are made from a sturdy porcelain material. 

To find out if a root canal is the right treatment to protect and improve your dental health, schedule via the web, or call PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today.