Root Canal

Tysons Elite Dental: Bahar Bahrami, DDS

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Vienna, VA

The term “root canal” can make you fearful, but it doesn’t have to. At Tysons Elite Dental in Vienna, Virginia, Bahar Bahrami, DDS, offers hassle-free, pain-free root canals. Dr. Bahrami regularly performs this tooth-saving treatment to treat infection and alleviate the accompanying pain. To schedule a consultation and find out for yourself just how simple and easy a root canal can be, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a tooth-saving treatment that targets infection in your tooth’s pulp chamber. The procedure alleviates pain and restores the health and function of your tooth. Root canal therapy involves removing the damaged pulp inside the tooth. 

You need a root canal when inflammation or infection affects the pulp and roots of your tooth. If left untreated, an infected or inflamed pulp can progress and lead to severe infection and even tooth loss.

What is the process for a root canal?

First, Dr. Bahrami administers local anesthesia, typically Novocaine, to numb the affected tooth, minimizing discomfort during the procedure. She also places a rubber sheet around the tooth to keep it clean and dry.

Then, Dr. Bahrami uses a special dental drill to create a hole in the top of your tooth. This creates access to the pulp inside. 

With special dental instruments, she carefully removes the damaged pulp. Next, she cleans the inner chamber of your tooth with water and disinfectant liquid.

To finish up, she fills in the canal with a rubber-like material and seals the top of your tooth.

What happens after a root canal?

After a root canal, there’s no significant downtime. However, Dr. Bahrami will likely suggest a follow-up. 

She may recommend getting a dental crown to provide extra protection from future damage or infection for the affected tooth. A crown can also help restore the tooth’s healthy appearance.

Within a week or two of your root canal, you’ll come back to the office for a follow-up visit. It’s during this visit that Dr. Bahrami assesses the health of your tooth to rule out any remaining signs of infection.

Is a root canal painful?

No, a root canal isn’t painful. This is a common misconception. Actually, a root canal alleviates pain. 

If needed, Dr. Bahrami can provide local sedation, typically a nitrous oxide, when performing root canals to make sure the procedure is comfortable and easy on you.

After a root canal, the pain and sensitivity you were experiencing before treatment will disappear altogether. Sensitivity may continue for a few days afterward, but this subsides quickly as well.

To address any questions or concerns you have about root canal treatment, just call the office or book a consultation with Dr. Bahrami online today.