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Root Canal – Vienna, VA

How We Save Your Damaged Teeth

A young female holding her cheek in pain with a worried look on her face after seeing her emergency dentist in Vienna about a root canal

If your tooth is feeling sore and you aren’t sure why, it’s possible that either decay is present or something more serious is happening. Oral infections can lead to severe discomfort in your mouth, and ignoring the problem is not going to make it go away. In fact, it will only get worse over time and affect neighboring teeth as well. At Tyson Smiles, we perform detailed root canal therapy for Vienna, VA dental patients that prevents the need for a tooth extraction, restore your tooth’s functionality, and saves you money on expensive treatments later. Call your emergency dentist, Dr. Hisham Barakat, today to get your tooth examined!

Why Choose Tyson Smiles for Root Canal Therapy?

  • Soft Tissue Laser Provides Better Comfort
  • Same-Day Crowns Through CEREC
  • Experienced and Caring Dentist

What is a Root Canal?

A dentist looking at the root area of a particular tooth on a person’s dental X-rays

Root canals are oral procedures that require removing the infected inner layer of the tooth (the pulp). When this area becomes infected, it can result in severe pain. If left untreated, the only option is to perform a tooth extraction.

Fortunately, Dr. Barakat can perform root canal therapy to cleanse the tooth of any infection and fill it with composite resin to prevent further reinfection.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

A young female holding her cheek in pain while listening to the dentist explain the need for a root canal

It can be difficult to determine exactly what dental treatments you need on your own, but if you’re feeling severe discomfort in your tooth and you didn’t just sustain a physical injury, it’s possible that you need a root canal performed. You may also notice your tooth begins to darken in color, usually taking on a grey, brown or black appearance. If you find it difficult to bite down or you experience symptoms of a fever, which is common for infections, get to our dental office as soon as possible.

What to Expect During a Root Canal

A dental dam being used to isolate the infected tooth that needs a root canal

When you discover it is necessary to have a root canal, Dr. Barakat will begin by placing a dental dam over the infected tooth. This will create a barrier, allowing your healthy teeth to remain untouched or unphased by the treatment.

You will then receive a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and make you more comfortable throughout the procedure. Once satisfied that you are fully relaxed, your dentist will enter in through the crown of the tooth until reaching the pulp area. After cleaning the various canals and removing the infection, Dr. Barakat will fill your tooth with a composite resin that is matched to blend in with your smile. This will create a seal to prevent reinfection or further damage.

It will be necessary for you to wear a dental crown to better protect your weakened tooth, so once it is filled, we will take impressions of your tooth and send them off to a lab where technicians will create your customized crown. Once it is ready, you will return to our office to have it put into place.

Aftercare

A female patient having her teeth checked by the dentist after undergoing a root canal

It should come as no surprise that after your root canal, you will be required to spend some time recovering. To ensure your tooth remains healthy, you must follow these steps:

  • Take any prescribed medication as instructed.
  • Avoid hard, crunchy foods. Instead, opt for soft foods a few days after the procedure and avoid anything too hot or cold.
  • Do not chew on the tender side of your mouth. This is important to ensure your temporary crown does not fall off. Once you have your finalized restoration in place, you can begin to eat normally.
  • Make sure you get plenty of rest, especially within the first 24-48 hours.
  • Don’t neglect your oral hygiene routine. Be gentle around the area of your root canal.
  • Keep any standing dental appointments to allow Dr. Barakat to monitor the healing process.