Your tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body. However, it can be damaged, and a crack, no matter how small, can allow harmful bacteria to penetrate your tooth and attack the pulp at the center of your tooth. Severe tooth decay can also give harmful bacteria access to your pulp. That pulp contains the tissues, blood vessels and nerves that keep your tooth alive and healthy. Should it become infected, you could experience pain, swelling and even the loss of your tooth. But the overall structure of your tooth can exist without the pulp, and Dr. Elhady, Dr. Scimeca, and associates provide root canal therapy in Fairfax, Virginia, to do just that. While root canals have developed a bit of a reputation over the years, they are an effective way to preserve your smile. Our team uses modern pain management techniques to keep you comfortable during your visit.
To perform a root canal, our dentists will access the center of your tooth and remove the infected pulp. Then our dentists will disinfect and, in some cases, enlarge and then seal the pulp chamber before filling the chamber with a medicated material. In many cases, our dentists may cover the tooth with a crown which will improve its appearance and protect it from further damage. Most root canals do not need retreatment and have no complications, but you should call our office if you experience swelling, nausea, chills or fever. If you are experiencing problems with one of your teeth, call 703-281-6201 today to schedule your appointment at Oakton Family Dentistry. Our team has performed many root canals and will make your comfort and health our top priorities.