Root Canal

Springfield Smiles Family Dental

Soumyata Heggade, DDS

General Dentist located in Springfield, VA

When tooth decay reaches the pulpy interior of a tooth, you may experience tooth pain or sensitivity to temperature. Root canal treatments can save severely damaged teeth and help you avoid extractions. Dr. Soumyata Heggade offers expert root canal treatments to clear decay from your teeth and seal them to prevent further decay at Springfield Smiles Family Dental in Springfield, Virginia. Call or schedule an appointment online today if you’re experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

When decay reaches the pulpy interior of your tooth, it can damage the blood vessels and nerves that keep your tooth alive.

A root canal removes the decayed tissue from the interior of your teeth and seals your tooth to protect it against infection and further decay. Root canals can often save a tooth from extraction and protect your overall dental health.

How does tooth decay reach the interior of a tooth?

The interior of your tooth can decay if you have a chip or a crack in the tooth that allows bacteria to get inside, if you have an injury that damages the inside of your tooth, or if you develop an abscess.

There may not be any exterior damage to your tooth, so if you have tooth pain or sensitivity, a dental exam and X-ray is the best way to diagnose damage or decay on the inside of your teeth.

What happens during root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is similar to the process for filling cavities on the surface of your teeth. Dr. Heggade begins by thoroughly numbing the affected tooth and surrounding tissue. Then, she carefully drills into your tooth and removes any decayed tissue. She proceeds carefully, often stopping to check her progress, so she doesn't remove healthy tissue.

Once all the decayed tissue is removed, Dr. Heggade fills your tooth and seals it with materials similar to those used to fill surface cavities.

If your tooth is very damaged or weakened from the root canal, she may suggest fitting a dental crown to provide additional support and strength to your tooth.

How should I take care of my teeth after a root canal?

You may experience some tenderness following a root canal, but it should subside within a day or so. Dr. Heggade provides specific instructions on how to care for your treated tooth and manage discomfort directly following your root canal.

After your treatment, you brush for two minutes twice a day and floss daily as normal. You may need to have more frequent dental checkups than the recommended biannual exams.

If you have tooth pain, call or book an appointment online for a checkup and treatment to resolve your pain and protect your teeth.

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