Root Canal FAQs

Frequently Asked Root Canal Questions in Burke, VA

We perform successful, pain-free root canals—a simple and routine procedure —in our office frequently. As your Root Canal Specialist in Burke VA, we know that dealing with dental issues and tooth discomfort can be stressful, so we’ve designed this guide, a list of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to root canals, to help you navigate the next steps. 

What is a root canal?

A root canal also referred to as root canal treatment, is a procedure that is used to save a tooth when its pulp, the soft tissue, and nerve at its center, is infected. Your tooth is made up of narrow passageways that extend from the pulp chamber, hollow space in the center of your tooth, to the ends of the tooth roots. A root canal involves the removal of decayed or infected tissue from the pulp chamber.


Why do I need root canal treatment?

Chances are you are reading this because you are experiencing some sort of tooth pain, and you’re looking for help with fixing the irritating problem. If the pain is being caused by an infection or inflammation, the tissue in question will need to be removed to stop the infection from spreading and the pain from worsening. This process of removal is called root canal treatment.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

If we have not already diagnosed you with the need for endodontic treatment, the best way to find out if your toothache warrants a root canal is by scheduling an appointment with us in which our dentists can evaluate your situation. In the meantime, symptoms that may indicate a need for a root canal include:

  • Discomfort when biting or chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Dull ache/severe pain
  • Pain that disrupts your sleep

Is there an alternative to getting a root canal?

Extraction is the alternative, but it is always best to try and save your own tooth rather than remove it. Root canal treatment is a common procedure that has an extremely high success rate of over 90%. Removal of your tooth should be your last resort. Keeping your tooth can help prevent dental troubles, such as bite problems from drifting teeth, difficulty eating, and loss of jawbone mass and structure, down the road. The benefits of root canal therapy versus extraction come down to the fact that no matter how good a teeth replacement option might be, nothing is as good as your natural tooth. Root canals make it possible to keep your natural teeth.

Can I just take antibiotics for my dental infection?

Although antibiotics help your body’s immune system reduce the number of bacteria present in the tissues surrounding your tooth, the infection will persist until the diseased tissue inside your tooth is removed. 

Why should I come to NOVA Dental Anesthesia for my root canal? 

The only practice in our area with an in-house anesthesiologist, NOVA Dental Anesthesia ensures that every patient, including those with special needs, is relaxed and comfortable from their first consultation to their final appointment. Our anesthesiologist is present at every visit which allows for consistent, personalized, and anxiety-free care. Whether you have special needs, disabilities, or dental phobia/anxiety, extreme gag reflex, we provide the best care possible in a welcoming, soothing atmosphere. Experts in administering IV sedation and general anesthesia with ease, we offer comfortable root canal experiences for patients of all ages and needs every day. When it comes to providing root canal care for those with special needs, we are in a league of our own.

What will happen during the procedure?

Once we have numbed the area with a local anesthetic, we isolate the tooth with a rubber dam and begin to clean the canals through an opening we make in the tooth. After the cleaning, we shape the canals and fill them with a filling and sealer. Finally, we place a temporary filling that will eventually be removed at the time of final restoration.

Does it hurt to get a root canal?

No. If you need a root canal, you are probably already in some amount of pain, and it’s the root canal will make you more comfortable. Thanks to modern technology and local anesthetics, our patients rarely feel a thing during a root canal procedure. If you experience any discomfort or sensitivity in the days following treatment, simply use over-the-counter medications, like ibuprofen, to manage the pain. 

How much does a root canal cost?

The cost of a root canal depends on a variety of factors, including which tooth is affected, the complexity of the infection, and your insurance plan. If you are uncertain if we accept your insurance plan, please give us a call, and we will help you. We consider it our job to help you navigate your plan, so you don’t have to figure out the confusing details on your own, and we submit insurance claims on your behalf to simplify and streamline the process for you. We make sure you maximize your benefits, and we participate in insurance submissions to lower costs. We will do everything within our power to ensure you get the dental treatment you deserve at the best rate possible.

Save Your Natural Tooth Today!

NOVA Dental Anesthesia has over 15 years of experience with improving patient comfort, smiles, and changing lives. Please contact our Northern VA office today.

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