A Root canal can conjure up some pretty awful thoughts of pain and suffering. Since the dentistry profession has made so many advances with today’s technology and improved anesthetics, root canals are no longer the painful experience so many of us imagine. The American Association of Endodontists has said that root canals are now no more painful than having a filling. If the patient does not have treatment the tooth could abscess and an infection will get into the tooth. This could cause additional complications such as swelling in the face and neck, bone loss to the root, or an infection that can get into the skin. The following examples show reasons to consider a root canal; a tooth that has decay, a patient has had too many procedures completed on the same tooth, a crack or chip inside the tooth or trauma to the face. There are other signs that can alert a patient before consulting a dentist. A very painful toothache when you chew, the tooth looks darker than it did before, the gums are swollen or tender, or a persistent pimple on the gums.
During this procedure, the nerve and pulp of the infected tooth are removed. The inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. After the root canal procedure it is imperative that you make a follow-up appointment to have your tooth permanently restored. This procedure will give your tooth protection from fracturing. Due to the advances in dentistry, many root canals can be completed with only one or two office visits. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then contact Roca Dental in Arlington, Virginia and make an appointment. We are able to perform most root canals in our office.