A root canal is a procedure performed to repair and save a tooth which has become infected. Dr. Aboulkhair will remove the damaged nerve and pulp from the tooth, clean the infected area, and seal the tooth to protect it from further damage. Root canal treatment can prevent the infected tooth from becoming abscessed, a condition occurring when a puss-filled pocked develops near your tooth’s root. An abscessed tooth can potentially lead to serious health conditions if not properly treated.
Whenever possible, it is best to save your tooth instead of extracting it. By keeping your natural teeth, you maintain your ability to chew properly, and you will maintain the proper shape and function of your mouth. Removing the nerve and pulp during a root canal is relatively painless and will not affect the functioning of your tooth moving forward.
Importance of Removing Damaged Tooth Pulp and Nerves
When the pulp and nerve in your tooth become damaged, bacteria may form in your root canal. This can eventually cause the tooth to become infected or develop an abscess. If left untreated, this can cause
- Bone loss near the tip of the root
- Drainage issues near the root
Symptoms often do not become apparent until your condition has become severe. However, the following signs may indicate that a root canal is necessary:
- Severe toothache when chewing
- Prolonged sensitivity when the tooth is exposed to hot or cold temperatures
- A recurring pimple on the gums
- Swelling and tenderness of the gums near the infected region
- Tooth discoloration
Root Canal Procedure
Fairfax dentist Dr. Aboulkhair uses Rotary Endodontics to perform your root canal. This technique utilizes an electric hand piece that allows Dr. Aboulkhair to clean and shape your root canal quicker. The electric hand piece also eliminates the noise associated with a drill. Rotary Endodontics is the quickest, safest, and most efficient, way to perform a root canal, and you will not experience any pain during your procedure.
If any amalgam fillings need to be removed as part of your procedure, Dr. Aboulkhair will utilize the Isolite system. This state-of-the-art technology allows for the safe removal of mercury amalgams by protecting the throat and tongue.
Please contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Fairfax using the form at the right side of the page or call (703) 218-8142 today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Aboulkhair serves patients throughout Northern Virginia.