If you’re suffering from throbbing, persistent pain in a tooth or your jawbone, you may need a root canal. This common dental procedure is a safe, effective way to address infection that lies deep within a tooth. At My Ashburn Dentist, the professional staff have the skill and expertise needed to treat root canal infections. Men and women from in and around Ashburn, Virginia, trust him to quickly determine the source of their pain and provide lasting relief.

Root Canals Q & A

What causes the need for a root canal?

A soft substance known as pulp comprises the inner portion of your tooth. If it’s damaged, it begins to break down. Bacteria can then infect your pulp, which leads to swelling, pain, and problems with drainage.

Some common causes of pulp and nerve damage include:

  • Severe decay
  • Multiple dental procedures on the affected tooth
  • A cracked or chipped tooth
  • Traumatic injury to the face
  • Large fillings that compromise the structural integrity of the tooth

Once infection spreads throughout the pulp, a root canal is needed to clean out the impacted area and eliminate pain.

What signs suggest the need for a root canal?

Nearly everyone will experience a toothache at one point or another, and that discomfort often fades after some time. If your tooth pulp is infected, you’re likely to experience the following:

  • Severe pain when placing pressure on the tooth
  • Swelling or tenderness in nearby gum tissue
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Ongoing sensitivity after exposure to heat or cold
  • Pimple-like sore on gum tissue

Any of these symptoms should prompt a call to Dr. Rusznak and an appointment to determine the cause and proper treatment.

What happens during a root canal?

Once Dr. Rusznak determines that a root canal is needed, you’re given a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort during the procedure. A protective device is used to keep the area clean.

Dr. Rusznak cleans the area, creates an opening in the upper portion of the tooth, and removes the infected pulp and debris. He cleans and shapes the inner area of the tooth, and fills the canal with a special, rubber-like material.

After filling in the tooth’s core, he places a temporary crown over the tooth to prevent new infections. The crown serves to strengthen the repaired tooth, and there’s a period of vulnerability until the procedure is complete.

Once the permanent crown arrives, it’s bonded into place. Dr. Rusznak checks to ensure that the crown is fitted correctly, and can make minor adjustments to the contours of the crown.

To get relief for your throbbing tooth or jaw, call My Ashburn Dentist to schedule a consultation or book your appointment online.