Root Canal

Just For Your Smile

Cosmetic Dentists & Prosthodontists located in Tysons Corner, Vienna, VA & Potomac Village, Potomac, MD

If an infected tooth root causes you pain and threatens your dental health, a root canal is an effective solution that can save your natural tooth structure. At Just For Your Smile, with two offices in Tysons Corner in Vienna, Virginia, and Potomac Village in Potomac, Maryland, the expert dentists provide root canals to protect and improve the dental health of you and your family. You can depend on the expertise, compassion, and skill of the friendly providers at Just For Your Smile. To inquire about a root canal, call or schedule online today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal refers to an in-office dental procedure performed to preserve your natural tooth structure and restore optimal functioning of your tooth. Your dentist typically recommends a root canal if the interior of your tooth is injured or when your tooth’s pulp becomes infected. Your pulp is the interior of the tooth that contains nerves.

Just For Your Smile has a specialist who comes 45 times a month to perform root canals. In an emergency, the specialist can perform a root canal on the same day.

When performing a root canal, your dentist carefully removes infected tooth pulp and replaces it with a special biocompatible dental material.

You need your tooth pulp for growth and development, but once your tooth matures properly, you no longer need it. It’s always a safer choice to remove infected tooth pulp.

Is a root canal the right choice for me?

During your regular dental checkup at Just For Your Smile, your dentist checks your teeth with an X-ray to look for signs of infected pulp. Your dentist might suggest a root canal if you’re dealing with symptoms like:

  • Pus draining from the infected tooth
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Soreness when chewing with a specific tooth
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold
  • An abscess near an infected tooth

If you have symptoms or concerns, it’s best to visit Just For Your Smile for an evaluation and treatment.

What happens with a root canal?

A root canal usually takes about two hours, divided into two easy visits. You typically have a diagnostic exam before your root canal.

Your provider at Just For Your Smile can administer local anesthesia and sedation if needed. They carefully numb the area around your infection and make a small hole in your tooth. Your dentist removes the infected pulp and kills any bacteria inside with a special dental solution.

Your dentist then fills in the area where the infected pulp was with a rubbery dental material and seals the site before fitting a temporary restoration. At your second visit, your dentist fits you with a bridge or crown to protect the vulnerable area.

You might have some sensitivity and soreness in the treated area for a few days after your root canal, but over-the-counter pain medications can help with any discomfort.

To discover how a root canal can benefit your health, schedule online or call Just For Your Smile today.