A root canal saves a tooth that’s infected down to the pulp, the soft inner core composed of nerves and blood vessels. At Lansdowne Dental Arts, Dr. Jun H. Chung can evaluate your tooth pain and determine if this procedure is the right step for you. If you live in or around Leesburg, Virginia, call the office or book online for an expert root canal treatment and have your tooth pain relieved.
Bacteria can reach the soft center of the tooth, or the pulp, through teeth that have decayed, large fillings, cracks or chips, facial trauma, or frequent dental procedures on one spot. As the infection deepens, the bacteria has the potential to cause an abscess — which is a pus-filled pocket — bone loss, and severe swelling.
A root canal procedure feels similar to a simple dental filling. The reputation for pain that surrounds the root canal comes from the tooth pain that prompts the need for treatment. The infection in the pulp can cause severe toothache pain, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, and swelling or tenderness in the associated soft tissue.
Dr. Chung numbs your tooth and the surrounding area, so you don't feel pain during the procedure. He then drills the tooth to get access to the infected pulp and clears it away thoroughly. The chamber is washed, dried, and filled with an antimicrobial solution to discourage any future infection.
Dr. Chung uses a filler called gutta-percha to then fill in the removed pulp. He applies a crown, a “cap” that looks and functions just like your real tooth.
The root canal relieves your pain, but you may have some soreness the first few days following the procedure. You should be able to go back to all of your normal activities after a root canal and relieve the minimal discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications.
A root canal doesn’t change how you care for your teeth. The tooth can last a lifetime when you follow good oral hygiene habits. Care for your tooth that’s had a root canal just as you would your other teeth. Brush twice daily, floss, and visit Lansdowne Dental Arts for twice-yearly cleanings.
If you have severe tooth pain and sensitivity, call the office of Lansdowne Dental Arts or book online to have it evaluated. If you need a root canal, you’ll get almost immediate relief and keep the infection from spreading.