In the situation that a tooth is considered so threatened (because of decay, cracking.) that future infection is considered likely or inevitable, root canal therapy is needed. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Signs and Symptoms of Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.
Signs and symptoms:
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache pain
- Sometimes no symptoms are present
- Swellingand/or tenderness
Schedule Your Appointment Today
A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and can be performed by a dentist or endodontist (a root canal specialist). McLean VA residents can request an appointment online or by simply calling us at (703) 821-1633.