Root Canal Treatment in Alexandria

Whether your tooth needs protection after a root canal or restoration after an injury, Sepideh Badri, DDS, and the staff at Dental Studio at Mark Center deliver with dental crowns. Our Alexandria team can also use dental crowns to hold a prosthetic tooth or teeth in place in a type of tooth replacement called a bridge.

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What is root canal treatment?

A root canal is a common procedure, which is used to remove the inflamed or infected pulp from the center of your affected tooth. The pulp of your tooth consists of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. By removing your pulp and eradicating the infection, your provider at Dental Studio at Mark Center in Alexandria can eliminate the need for an extraction, preserving your permanent tooth in the process.

Why would I need a root canal?

Whenever possible, the team at Dental Studio at Mark Center treats toothaches using conservative measures of care. However, if you injure your pulp or your pulp becomes infected or inflamed, root canal treatment may be necessary. The outer portion of your tooth, known as the crown, doesn’t need the pulp to survive.

Some of the most common causes of pulp inflammation or damage include:

  • Deep decay
  • A chipped tooth
  • A cracked tooth
  • A tooth injury

You might also benefit from a root canal if your affected tooth has undergone multiple dental procedures. Before performing a root canal treatment, your Alexandria dentist does an oral exam and takes a series of X-rays to pinpoint the source of your discomfort.

What happens during a root canal?

The team at Dental Studio at Mark Center performs root-canal therapy in office as an outpatient procedure. Prior to removing your inflamed or infected pulp, your dentist administers a local anesthetic, numbing your tooth roots and gums. Next, your dentist drills an access hole in the top of your tooth and carefully removes the infected pulp. After removing your dental pulp, your dentist cleans your root canal with an antiseptic solution. Then, your dentist fills your tooth with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. After the gutta-percha dries, your dentist places a crown on top of your tooth to prevent further damage or infection.

What is recovery like following a root canal?

Following root canal treatment, it’s perfectly normal to experience some pain, swelling, and general irritation. Before sending you home, your dentist gives you a list of recovery instructions and writes you a prescription for antibiotics. Take your medications as prescribed and avoid biting down on your affected tooth. You should feel back to normal within two to three days.

If you suspect you need a root canal, make an appointment with the team at Dental Studio at Mark Center in Alexandria. Get started by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.

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