Tooth damage may have many causes, but one effect you should be aware of is a deep tooth infection. This condition can build inside your tooth, in the interior spaces that connect it via the roots to your jaw. These connecting spaces are called your root canals, and if infection builds in these areas, it eventually will threaten to overwhelm your body's ability to fight it.
So, while we at Dr. Fairfax and Associates Family Dentistry aim to detect, treat and eliminate these tooth infections early, we understand when you need root canal therapy. Our only goal is to solve this condition before it becomes so painful that your life comes to a stop. But regardless of how advanced your illness may be, we will do everything possible to stop the infection and save your tooth.
Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy
Your Fairfax dentist is trained to treat deep root infections, but you still need to know how to recognize the signs. Usually, it begins with an excruciating toothache, especially when you bite down. But other, less severe symptoms may also be present, such as:
- Small lesion or bump on your gums
- Red, inflamed, and puffy gum tissue
- Sudden sensitivity to hot and cold
- Visible tooth fracture or other damage
Please call our dental office if you have any of these symptoms so we can provide timely relief.
How We Perform Root Canals in Fairfax, VA
Root canal therapy saves a compromised tooth by the process of cleaning and sealing to fortify what remains after treatment. After opening the tooth with precision instruments, our dentist removes infected tissue, cleans, disinfects, and fills your inner tooth cavity with a rubber dental sealer. We then finish the procedure by protecting your remaining tooth with a dental crown or possibly a tooth-colored resin filling.
Root canal therapy has several factors that affect cost. First, it depends on the tooth you need to be treated, how advanced your condition has become, and whether we complete the procedure with a porcelain crown or another restoration. If you have dental insurance, a portion of these costs may be covered. We encourage you to discuss your payment options with our team to find the best solution for you.
We Are Experts Fixing Root Canals in Fairfax, VA
Please don't wait to call if you have a toothache or other symptoms consistent with a deep tooth infection. The condition will only worsen, so we encourage you to reach out because we are here to help. Book an appointment with us today.