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Root Canal Specialist

Premium Family Dental

General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontist located in Krispy Kreme Shopping Center, Alexandria, VA

Advancements in dental technology have made root canals far easier than in decades past. At Premium Family Dental in Alexandria, Virginia, Vu Nguyen, DDS, and Keehong Kwon, DDS, perform outstanding root canal services that restore your smile without pain. If you’d like to learn more, contact the office by phone to set up a visit, or spend a few moments on the online booking page.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is an endodontic procedure that removes infected tooth pulp and restores the structural integrity of the tooth. Once among the most dreaded dental procedures, today’s root canals are effective and painless, thanks to amazing improvements in dental technology. 

The process begins with a comprehensive diagnostic exam to determine if a root canal is right for you. There are various factors that can cause an infection in your pulp, the soft tissue that fills the inner chamber of your tooth. Advanced decay, an injury to the tooth, multiple dental procedures on the same tooth, or a cracked or fractured tooth can all lead to infection. 

What are some signs I may need a root canal?

The most common symptom of an infected tooth is pain that worsens when you bite down or chew. Some other signs to watch for include:

  • Pimple-like sores on your gums
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Sensitivity to heat and cold that lingers
  • Changes in the color of your gum tissue
  • Visible tooth decay

If you notice any of these changes or have the sense that something is just not right with one of your teeth, book a diagnostic exam to determine if a root canal is needed. 

What happens during a root canal?

You’ll receive medication to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. Once the treatment area is numb and you are resting comfortably, your dentist begins by isolating the tooth with a small device called a dental dam. 

The dentist then drills a small access hole to gain entry into the inner portion of your tooth. A series of small tools called files are inserted into that opening and used to remove all traces of infected pulp. The inner chamber is rinsed and disinfected before a special material called gutta-percha is used to fill the chamber. 

The next step is closing the access hole with a small filling. The exterior of the tooth is prepared for the new crown, and imaging or impressions are made to guide the lab where the crown is crafted. You’ll wear a temporary crown to protect the tooth until the new crown arrives and is cemented into place, completing the root canal process. 

Scheduling a root canal is as simple as a phone call or a few moments on the Premium Family Dental online booking page.