Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is treatment used to repair and save a tooth that has been infected due to a deep cavity or cracked tooth. The treatment involves removing the pulp and the nerves of the tooth and cleaning the infected area. A tooth’s pulp and nerve are not important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has fully emerged from the gums. If the treatment is not performed, bacteria builds up at the root tip and the infection of the pulp can spread to the surrounding bone. The results in pain and swelling and your tooth would likely have to be removed.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?

  • Severe tooth pain while chewing
  • Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
  • Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time.
  • Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  • Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth

What does the treatment involve?

First, an opening is made into the pulp chamber through the crown of the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned. If your Burke VA dentist decides to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, your dentist will remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and place a permanent filling and / or crown over the tooth.

Root canal therapy has a high rate of success any many teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved to last a lifetime. Additionally, the crown or filling placed the completion of the procedure makes it hard to notice by others that you had the treatment.

If you have any questions about this treatment, don’t hesitate to call our office at (703) 459-9495.

Our Happy Patients

"My husband had to have a root canal for a tooth that had been hurting for more than two years. Dr. Vij and his staff were outstanding. The treatment was effective and Dr. Vij was happy to explain all procedures to him. He has been searching for years for a family dentist and now we have found one. We recommend Dr. Vij to everyone looking for a friendly, professional, and effective dentist."

S. Carpenter S. Carpenter

"I had a great experience visiting there for the first time. Dr. Vij has a great staff and provided an excellent service. His suggestions were genuine and truly care for their patients. I am glad to make this choice and I would definitely suggest them!"

Pritika Babbar Pritika Babbar

"I developed a small fear of Dentists mainly due to bad experiences when I was a child. I avoided visiting the dentist for more than 8 years. After constant nagging from my girlfriend I decided it was time for a clean up and boy did I go to the right place. From the start, I was given exceptional service from Dr. Vij and his wonderful staff. I have been to his practice a few times now and I have nothing to say but great things. Dr. Vij showed me the before and after pictures of my gums and they look GREAT!
I definitely recommend this practice to anyone, especially those who have any Dental phobias!
Pros:
Dentist: Dr. Vij Does an excellent job explaining every procedure. Created a great game plan to get my gums back to health!
Procedures: No pain no irritations.
Great Staff - Casey does a great job breaking down the prices for procedures (what insurance covers etc. )
Cons:
None! Just wish I didn't wait 8 years to go to visit a Dentist again haha."

Luis Mercado Luis Mercado
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