Root Canals
Arlington VA


Root Canals

Root canal therapy, also known as a root canal, is a dental procedure that focuses on treating the pulp of a tooth that is infected. The pulp, which is made up of living connective tissue, can get infected when a tooth is cracked, or a cavity has progresses to the point that the infection has spread to the pulp.

Root canal therapy is a quite common procedure. It is a necessary procedure to save a tooth once the infection has spread to the pulp. If a root canal is not performed soon enough, then the tooth will likely need to be extracted.

The compassionate team at Cherrydale Family Dental is committed to helping patients at every stage of life. We understand the importance of providing personalized care for all members of your family, from infant to teenager to parents to grandparents. Our entire team practices patience with all aspects of each and every procedure. Our team finds enjoyment in healthy smiles of all ages. If you have any questions regarding a possible root canal, simply call Cherrydale Family Dental at 703-243-8288. You can find us at 4399 Old Dominion Drive, Arlington, VA, 22312.



Do you think You need a Root Canal?

To understand if you need root canal therapy, it is first important to understand the different symptoms of the infected pulp of a tooth.

It should be obvious that there is something wrong once the pulp of your tooth becomes infected. This is because you most likely be experiencing some severe discomfort or even pain.

Some of the symptoms of an infected root pulp include:

  • A severe toothache.
  • Pain when you apply pressure to the tooth.
  • Pain while trying to chew food.
  • Changes in the shade or color of a tooth.
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods (hot soup versus ice cream).
  • Swelling of your gums.

If you have any of these symptoms, you should call Cherrydale Family Dental and set an appointment as soon as possible.

It is also just as important to know what caused the infection and just why root canal therapy needs to be done. Some of these reasons include:

  • Tooth Decay, a deep cavity.
  • Fracture of the Tooth, a crack that allows bacteria to infect the live tissue.
  • Trauma to the Tooth, broken or chip that also harbors bacteria.
  • Dead Tooth Nerve.
  • Infection from another source.

Do not allow the issue to persist and continue. Take care of your infected tooth as soon as you can.

Is a Root Canal Painful?

The infection in the pulp of a tooth is usually quite painful. The actual procedure to remove the infection is relatively painless in comparison. Do not allow any fear of root canal therapy to prevent you from getting the necessary care that your tooth needs. If you do not get a root canal on the tooth you dramatically risk the tooth being permanently damaged to the point where it can no longer be saved. Your only remaining option will be an extraction of the natural tooth.

What is a Pulpotomy?

Pulpotomy is the term that is used for root canal therapy for children.

Keep in mind that your child’s primary teeth are still softer than your teeth, and therefore more susceptible to damaging decay. This makes it easier for them to get a tooth infection. Pulpotomies are like root canals for adults. Our staff will decide if a pulpotomy is necessary for your child by evaluating your child’s tooth for decay and infection.

Root Canal Aftercare

There is no special type of aftercare that is necessary after root canal therapy. It is important, though, for you to contact Cherrydale Family Dental if there are any complications after the procedure. If you notice any discomfort, swelling or unusual pressure that lasts for a few days, this could be the result of a possible infection. Contact us as soon as possible to have an evaluation.

The Root Canal Procedure

The first step of root canal therapy is visiting us for an examination. We will evaluate the tooth and determine what the actual issue might be. If the discomfort is from minor decay, you may only need a cavity filled. If we find that the pulp is indeed infected, though, we will then decide on whether the tooth is able to be saved or not.

Once we have made the decision to go ahead with a root canal, we will start the treatment administering a local anesthesia, so the tooth is totally numb. This will alleviate any discomfort going forward. Then we remove all the injured and infected pulp. Next, we will disinfect pulp chamber and the root canal system. Once we have the inside of the tooth clean, a rubber-loke filling will be used to fill the vacated chamber and root. Finally, we seal the tooth to prevent any further infection. If the tooth had experienced a significant amount of decay, we may recommend placing a dental crown to protect and ensure the strength of the tooth.

Most root canals can be completed with just one visit, but it might take more than one visit depending on the amount and type of treatment that is required.

Avoiding Root Canals

Root canal therapy can usually be avoided with proper oral hygiene. By simply brushing your teeth well twice a day, flossing at least once a day and rinsing out your mouth you can prevent infections and tooth decay.

The health industry strongly suggests you compliment your efforts with two dental examinations a year. During a regular checkup, we will be able to catch any cavities that may be forming. Then we can fill the cavities. This will help you to avoid needing any root canal therapy from potential decay.

Root canal therapy is nothing to be afraid of. What is much worse is what will happen to your infected tooth if you allow it to go untreated.


Quality Dental Care for ALL Family Members

At Cherrydale Family Dental, 4399 Old Dominion Dr., Arlington, VA, we exercise patience to develop trustful and long-standing relationships with each patient. We do not like anyone to be feeling discomfort when it comes to your teeth or gums. We want to contribute and participate in helping your family maintain good oral health. We will always look forward to seeing you and your family and discussing what is best for everyone’s smile. Please contact us at 703-243-8288 to schedule an evaluation if you think you might need a root canal.


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