Root canals have a reputation for being painful and unpleasant. However, with advances in anesthesia and dental processes, neither of these is true.
In fact, a root canal procedure in Arlington, VA is designed to eliminate the pain of an infected tooth and usually doesn’t take much more time than an ordinary filling.
Common Symptoms for a Root Canal Procedure:
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold.
- Severe toothache pain.
- Sometimes no symptoms are present.
- Swelling and/or tenderness.
The first step is to take a digital X-ray of your teeth in our Arlington, VA office . The next thing your dentist will do is to apply local anesthesia to the treatment area. Once you are numb, the doctor will begin to drill out the damaged tooth. Then we will clean out the infected area and smooth it out. Once the infected materials are removed, we will fill the tooth with medicated dental filling material. Finally, we will build a custom dental crown to protect the tooth from further damage.
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How We Can Alleviate Your TMJ Pain:
Mouth guards are an essential protective appliance for those with Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ/TMD). These specially designed guards not only protect teeth from impact injuries but also provide crucial cushioning to reduce trauma to the mouth, teeth, and jaw - areas particularly sensitive in TMJ/TMD patients.
For patients who experience bruxism, or teeth grinding, our team at Lowes Island Dentistry in Sterling, VA encourages you to be fitted for a night guard. Night guards, or bite guards, help to protect your teeth from crushing and grinding of teeth by providing a protective layer between your teeth.