Root Canal Therapy For Tooth Pain In Arlington VA
Few words have the power to strike more fear in the heart of a dental patient than “you need a root canal.” Most people believe that root canal therapy is a painful process. Sadly, that is a mistaken impression of a procedure which:
- Relieves the patient’s pain
- Saves the damaged tooth
- Alleviates infection
- Improves oral health
Your teeth are composed of basically three layers – the hard, protective enamel which offers a strong bite surface; dentin providing structural support to the enamel; and the soft core or pulp, housing nerves and blood vessels and giving sensation (hot, cold, and bite pressure) to the tooth. When a tooth is damaged from trauma such as a fall, or severe decay reaches the nerve, the tooth may, in essence, begin to die. Infection and pressure ensue, resulting in pain. Relief from this pain is actually a very simple procedure:
- Dr. Kohli will begin by getting you out of pain, with prescription medications and antibiotics for the infection.
- The treatment area is thoroughly numbed
- Once you are comfortable she opens the tooth, removes every trace of contamination, and sanitizes the pulp chamber.
- The opening is sealed with a filling material
- Depending on how much natural tooth structure remains, she may use a post or perform a core build-up to support a crown.
- When the nerves and blood vessels are removed, the shell of tooth can become brittle, so a crown (as opposed to just a filling) finishes the root canal and provides additional strength.
“I walked in to Columbia Pike Dentistry office having not attended the dentist in about 10 years. Needless to say there was some extensive work that needed to be done. After getting a second a opinion which was in agreement with Dr. Kohli’s recommendation, I return to Dr. Kohli for my dental services. The office was beautiful. The staff was polite. The root canals are only about a 3 out of 10 on the relative pain scale. I’m very happy with the service I received and would recommend Dr. Kohi.”
– Mr. T
While a root canal may be necessary from trauma, a cavity is not generally painful until it becomes so severe that it involves the nerve – such as when a patient has not seen the dentist in a long time and did not realize that a cavity was forming. Avoiding the need for a root canal is one more reason why it is so important to maintain regular dental examinations.
Remember, root canal therapy is not painful – it eases the tooth pain of infection, usually in just one visit. When you feel that “ouch,” trust Columbia Pike Dental to relieve the pain fast and restore your tooth. Call us today if you are in the Rosslyn – Arlington VA area!