Root Canals in Fairfax VA
If you develop an infection in your tooth, root canal therapy may be the best way to restore it to health. After many years practicing dentistry, we know that root canals are not very popular. But in the hands of the caring, professional team at Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry, the procedure doesn’t have to be any more complicated than having a tooth filled.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is a treatment we use to save a damaged or diseased tooth. During a root canal, Dr. Fairfax removes infected tissue from inside the tooth. The area is then cleaned and disinfected, and the resulting hollow space is filled with a rubberlike dental material. Your restoration will then be completed with a beautiful crown or filling. A root canal relieves the pain associated with dental infection and restores the function and beauty of the affected tooth.
Do Root Canals Hurt?
Before we begin treatment, we'll take time to make sure you’re completely numb, so you probably won’t feel anything during the procedure except some slight pressure. Dr. Fairfax and our team have performed many successful root canals and know what it takes to make your treatment stress free and as gentle as possible. If you’re anxious about the prospect of having a root canal, please don’t hesitate to talk to us about it. Aside from our gentle approach, we offer nitrous oxide sedation to help keep you calm during your procedure.
Keep in mind that any discomfort you may feel is probably caused by the infection that made the root canal necessary in the first place, not by the procedure itself. Before you leave our office, we’ll give you post-procedure instructions, and, if necessary, Dr. Fairfax will prescribe medication to eliminate the infection and relieve any lingering discomfort.
The entire process generally takes between one and three appointments to complete. The length of time depends on the location of the tooth, the number of canals in the tooth, and the extent of infection present.
Some people are so worried about root canals that they may be tempted to put off treatment even after they start to experience pain. Unfortunately, this can have serious consequences for your oral health, including possible tooth loss.
We’re Here to Help!
We’ve all faced root canals, so we truly understand your feelings. But we know that you’ll find us to be a caring, compassionate team that supports you every step of the way. If you’re currently experiencing pain, we will be happy to see you as soon as possible on an emergency basis.
Please give us a call if you think you may need a root canal, and we’ll get you the help you need.