Saving an infected tooth takes the skill and training of a Tysons Corner endodontist. Dr. Kathy Le is part of the exceptional team at Avanti Dentistry, offering everything from general dentistry to endodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics and periodontics.
Throbbing pain, swelling, drainage–they are symptoms of an infected or abscessed tooth. When tooth decay gets out of hand or a tooth is injured, seek the expertise of a trained endodontist such as Dr. Kathy Le at Avanti Dentistry. Root canal therapy saves teeth through a painless, 2-appointment procedure, leaving patients with complete, healthy smiles.
Take your toothache to an endodontist
A tooth that has excessive decay or a serious fracture is prone to infection deep within the root canals. Numbering as few as one or as many as 4, root canals are narrow chambers which contain the tooth’s blood supply, nerves and connective tissue. While this soft pulp played an important part in tooth development, it is truly unnecessary later in life. If it becomes abscessed with bacteria, the rest of the tooth can function well with a pulpectomy where a qualified dentist removes the infected material, seals the tooth and places a restoration such as a filling or porcelain crown.
Enter endodontics or the procedure called root canal therapy. Armed with 2 years of specialized training beyond dental school, endodontists, such as Kathy Le DDS at Avanti Dentistry in Tysons Corners, perform comfortable, in-office root canal therapy. The American Academy of Endodontists estimates these dentists perform 15 million “root canals” annually in the United States. The doctors believe that natural teeth are irreplaceable, and as such, endodontic therapy is worth the effort. It preserves the hard structure of the teeth, allowing them to remain in place for years.
What to look for in an endodontist
Trust your oral health to a specialty dentist who has advanced credentials in endodontics and who has performed many of these intricate procedures. A competent endodontist does at least 25 root canals per week while general dentists may only do 2 or 3. A endodontist is readily available for consultation and emergency treatments of the pain, pressure and temperature sensitivity that often accompanies tooth abscesses. Ask if your doctor is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Endodontists or is affiliated with the American Association of Endodontists. These professional organizations ensure professional accreditation, peer review and access to continuing education.
Additionally, you should choose an endodontist with state of the art diagnostic and treatment technology who can deliver precise care painlessly with modern sedation, anesthetics and analgesics. Avanti Dentistry offers endodontics and:
- preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry
- full mouth reconstruction
- dental implants
- periodontics (gum disease therapy)
- complex oral surgery
Since 1977, Dr. Farshad Farhoumand has devoted Avanti Dentistry to comprehensive dental services–everything a patient needs or wants delivered in one state of the art facility. He and his associate dentists strive to serve the individual needs of their patients in a welcoming, listening environment.
Contact Avanti Dentistry
Be sure to contact Dr. Le or the other team professionals at Avanti Dentistry regarding dental pain or routine care. You’ll have made the right choice for you and your family.