Root Canal

Dental NV

Shahrokh Soltani, DMD

Cosmetic Dentistry located in Sterling, VA

Root canals have a bad reputation of being painful, but they can actually provide you with a great deal of relief if you have a tooth that’s badly decayed or infected. At Dental NV in Sterling, Virginia, Shahrokh Soltani, DMD, administers safe and comfortable root canals with 3D-assisted technology so that his patients can avoid having to extract teeth that are suffering from critical decay. If you think that a root canal might be in your future, schedule an appointment with gentle dental experts at Dental NV today. You can book your visit by phone or online.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that Dr. Soltani performs to remove diseased pulp from an infected tooth. Your tooth pulp is the soft inner tissue of your tooth. It’s made up of blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerves. When it becomes infected, it swells, compressing the nerves and causing a great deal of pain.

During the procedure, Dr. Soltani drills a hole in the top of your tooth and removes the decayed pulp with a series of small files. Once he’s cleared your tooth of the infected pulp, he cleans the area to prevent bacteria from multiplying, fills your tooth with a biocompatible material, and seals it off to prevent future infection.

Finally, he covers your treated tooth with a custom-made crown that restores its function and appearance, giving it a natural look and feel again.

Why would I need a root canal?

Dr. Soltani administers a root canal if the soft tissue inside your tooth root is inflamed or infected. Your soft tissue can become inflamed or infected as a result of decay, injury, or a crack or chip in your tooth.

When should I seek treatment for a root canal?

You should let Dr. Soltani treat you with a root canal if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Increased sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Discoloration of your tooth
  • Tenderness or swelling in your nearby gums and bone
  • Tenderness when you chew or brush

Infected teeth don’t always show outward symptoms, though, which is why it’s especially important to maintain regular dental cleanings and checkups with Dr. Soltani.

What happens if I don’t treat an infected tooth?

Letting an infected tooth go untreated can lead to severe health complications, like:

  • Extreme pain
  • Swelling
  • Development of an abscess
  • Tooth loss

A root canal is frequently the only way to salvage a severely damaged or decayed tooth, so don’t delay treatment.

Is a root canal painful?

Dr. Soltani and the team of dental experts at Dental NV take every measure to ensure that your root canal is comfortable and painless, keeping you anesthetized throughout the entire procedure. You’ll actually find that your root canal makes you feel better since it alleviates the immense pain of an infected tooth.

You might experience some soreness or sensitivity in your tooth after your procedure, but this can be fixed with over-the-counter pain medications or prescription pain relief.

How do I care for my tooth after a root canal?

Your tooth will be healthy again after your root canal, so you can care for it just like you would the rest of your natural teeth. If you brush twice a day, floss, and maintain regular dental cleanings and checkups with Dr. Soltani, your root canal will last a lifetime.

To learn more about how Dr. Soltani can improve your oral health with a root canal, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.