Endodontist for Tysons Corner
Don’t believe everything you hear, like the one about a root canal being painful. Also known as endodontic treatment, it's commonly misunderstood as a painful procedure. In truth, your endodontist (the specialized dentist providing root canal therapy) doesn’t cause pain, but rather relieves it. Thanks to modern anesthetics and dental technology, visiting the endodontist is no more uncomfortable or time-consuming than having a cavity repaired with a filling. At Avanti Dentistry, our endodontists are skilled and experienced at performing root canals to relieve your pain and save your tooth.
WHAT DOES AN ENDODONTIST DO?
Endodontists are specialists in root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment. It is a common dental procedure that is performed to remove infection from inside the pulp chamber and root canals of a tooth. Normally, these areas are well protected by the white enamel layer that surrounds the exterior of a tooth and another hard layer called dentin. The pulp is softer and contains blood and lymph tissue as well as the nerve of your tooth.
When bacteria breach the enamel and dentin because of serious decay or traumatic injury, the pulp becomes susceptible to infection. Left untreated, this infection and inflammation can cause severe pain or lead to an abscess, which is a pocket of infection that develops around the root of a tooth. While most people do experience extreme pain with an infected tooth, others do not. Thus, regular dental checkups that include periodic digital x-rays can be critical to spotting infection.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A VISIT WITH THE ENDODONTIST
Once the tooth and surrounding gum tissue have been adequately anesthetized, your Tysons Corner endodontist will drill a small hole in the crown of your tooth and use special files to remove the infection and the contents of the pulp chamber. A fully-developed tooth can function perfectly well without its blood, lymph and nerve tissue.
To prevent re-infection or contamination, the endodontist may place medicine in the tooth’s chamber and root canals to eliminate bacteria. Then, the cleaned and disinfected space is filled with an inert substance called gutta-percha, and a temporary filled is placed over the tooth. You may also be given a prescription for antibiotics in order to completely treat the infection. Be sure to take all of this medicine as directed by your dentist.
REBUILDING YOUR TOOTH AFTER ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
A few weeks after your endodontist performs root canal therapy, you will return to Avanti Dentistry to have the temporary filling removed and a permanent filling or dental crown set in place. The permanent restoration protects the remaining tooth structure and allows your tooth to function like all of your other teeth.
CONTACT YOUR ENDODONTIST TODAY
Do you need serious restorative care? If so, get in touch with Avanti Dentistry to learn more from the endodontist Tysons Corner trusts. Schedule an appointment today!