Rooth Canal Therapy Burke, Fairfax, Springfield VA
Tooth pain is never fun. However, it can be an important sign that there is something serious going on with the health of your tooth. A toothache and persistent tooth sensitivity can be a sign of an infection. In this case, root canal therapy may be the appropriate solution. Burke dentist Dr. Ghorbani performs this procedure in order to remove the tooth infection and salvage and protect your tooth with a dental crown. With proper care, root canal therapy can keep your tooth healthy for years without the need for an extraction.
What Causes Tooth Infection?
In order to understand how a tooth becomes infected, let’s take a look at the structure from the outside in. Enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth and is the hardest material in the human body. Below the enamel is dentin, which is slightly softer than enamel and transmits sensations such as pain and pressure to the nerve. Finally, there is the pulp chamber that contains the nerve, blood vessels and of course pulp, tissue that holds the tooth in place. Root canals branching off the chamber deliver nutrients from the bloodstream to the tooth and take away waste and toxins.
As you can see, the chamber and canals are normally well guarded. However, if the tooth has a very large cavity or a crack or fracture, then bacteria can migrate to this area, causing a infection.
How Will I know if My Tooth is Infected?
Unfortunately, the most common symptom of tooth infection is severe tooth pain. As the infection causes more and more inflammation in the tooth, symptoms can worsen the toothache. Other signs and symptoms include:
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
- Sharp pain when biting or chewing on the tooth
- A small pimple-like sore on the gums near the tooth
- Facial swelling
How is a Root Canal Performed?
This procedure can be performed in 1-2 easy visits. First, Dr. Ghorbani will perform an exam and take necessary x-rays to asses the extent of the infection. Next, he will isolate the tooth and anesthetize the area so that the you will be comfortable for the remainder of the procedure. Then, a small hole is drilled and special dental instruments are used to remove the infected pulp and the root canals will be shaped. The area is cleaned and filled with gutta-percha, a biocompatible material that fills the hollow space to prevent re-contamination and supports the remaining tooth structure. Finally, the tooth is sealed and at your next visit, a crown will be placed to restore your tooth back to its natural look and function.