Dr. Salari will make every effort to maintain the natural structure of your bite and avoid tooth extraction through root canal therapy. A root canal provides a solution for preserving a tooth that has become severely infected, threatening the stability of your oral health. Today’s patients can enjoy root canal treatment that is less invasive and more comfortable than more traditional methods. Typically completed in one visit to our Annandale dentist office, a root canal is a unique dental procedure for keeping your smile intact and avoiding the need to replace an extracted tooth.
Root Canal in Annandale: what to expect
Dr. Salari has an in-house endodontist with the training and experience necessary to perform a root canal and restore your dental health. An endodontist has specialized training in the treatment of decayed and diseased teeth and can offer treatment to help preserve tooth structure and stabilize your dental health. Endodontics focuses on treating the interior chambers and root of the tooth to avoid extraction.
If you need a root canal, the first step is to thoroughly evaluate your tooth, gums, and surrounding structure with digital diagnostics. Using a 3-D CBCT scan of your mouth, Dr. Salari and our dental care team will plan the best possible treatment to restore health and resolve your pain. When performing a root canal, an understanding of the surrounding tissues and nerves is important and ensures the best outcome.
The root canal procedure begins with making you feel comfortable and relaxed with a local anesthetic. Dr. Salari also offers sedation dentistry including the option of IV sedation with a local certified anesthetist. In most cases, patients are kept comfortable with a local anesthetic but we will discuss and prepare for your needs prior to the procedure. Dental sedation may be recommended for anxious patients or anyone with an advanced infection or especially complex case. Our goal is to deliver treatment that is safe, effective, and personalized to your needs.
Once you are comfortable we will begin by creating a small hole in the back of the tooth for accessing the interior pulp chamber. The Endodontist will gently remove the infected pulp, clean out the interior root chamber and refill with a biocompatible material. For many patients suffering from an infected tooth, once the pulp is removed and the tooth is cleaned out the pain is relieved. The final step is to close the opening with resin material to prevent future infection. In most cases, it is recommended that a dental crown be placed to strengthen the tooth and secure a lasting result.
Signs you may need a root canal
If you have any concerns about the health of a tooth it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. In addition to significant pain in or around a tooth or a sudden toothache, there are other signs that a tooth is infected or dying and may need a root canal to save it:
- Changes in the color of a tooth, typically becoming slightly gray in appearance
- Increasing sensitivity to heat or cold
- Changes in the gums surrounding a tooth including redness, swelling and tenderness.
Root Canal FAQs
Is a root canal painful?
A root canal procedure can be performed using a local anesthetic or dental sedation. We will ensure that you are completely comfortable during the procedure. Minor discomfort is to be expected and you may experience some minor swelling in the area afterward. Over-the-counter pain medication is typically sufficient to manage the pain.
Are root canals covered by dental insurance?
If you have dental insurance we can work with you to determine any benefit. In most cases, only a portion of the treatment cost is covered. We offer a range of payment and financing options.