How root canal therapy can save a tooth

Achieving a beautiful smile is easy, but when problems arise, it is critical that you take action to maintain the natural teeth and bring the smile back to health as soon as possible. When a patient has an infected or damaged tooth, it may be painful and require treatments such as root canal therapy. Root canal therapy allows you to save your tooth in the smile but alleviate the problem at hand. It is the last treatment option before permanent extraction, making it a way of keeping a tooth from removal. Let’s learn more about root canal therapy, also referred to as endodontic therapy, to determine if you would benefit.

What is root canal therapy?

Our endodontist, Dr. Sanam Kheirieh, describes root canal therapy as a procedure used to save teeth that are infected or damaged. During the treatment, Dr. Kheirieh accesses the inside of the tooth (the root canals) and removes any inflamed tissue, bacteria, or dead nerve tissue. After cleaning out the inside of your tooth, our dental team will fill it with a biocompatible material and seal it off to prevent future infection. The restored tooth is then covered with a crown or other restoration to protect it from additional damage.

Root canal therapy is an effective way for patients to save the teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted due to decay or trauma. It allows you to maintain the tooth and eliminate tooth replacement solutions such as dentures, bridges, and dental implants. This, in turn, can save you a lot of money!

Is root canal therapy painful?

Many patients fear the phrase “root canal,” but the treatment is actually done with proper sedation and anesthetics to ensure patients are completely comfortable as they undergo their procedure.

Schedule an appointment to find out if you could benefit from root canal therapy!

You may be a good candidate for endodontic therapy if you have an infected tooth or an abscess. Call (703) 327-0190 to request an appointment at Stone Ridge Family Dentistry to speak to Dr. Sanam Kheirieh regarding your needs. We are conveniently located at 24585 Stone Carver Drive, Suite #225, and assist patients in the communities of Aldie, South Riding, Chantilly, and Middleburg, VA.