According to survey data by the American Association of Endodontists, over 60% of Americans surveyed expressed anxiety over and a desire to avoid undergoing root canal therapy at all costs. The good news is that more people - almost 70% - said they feared losing a natural tooth over a number of presumably unpleasant but common occurrences in adult life, like paying taxes, coming down with the flu, or speaking in public. Like many people, you may view root canal therapy as a traumatic dental procedure to be avoided at all costs. But if you are suffering from significant tooth decay or an infection, not only will a root canal alleviate the pain, it can also save your tooth. Dr. Moutaz Abdeen, a dentist in Alexandria, VA, offers root canal therapy and a range of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental services.
Root Canal Therapy in Alexandria, VA
Intense and ongoing toothaches are the most common sign of tooth decay or infection. A root canal becomes necessary when the nerves and tissue inside a tooth (also known as the pulp) become damaged or infected. Pulp can be exposed to bacteria through a deep cavity, or trauma from an accident or sports injury.
A root canal consists of drilling a small hole in the tooth, and removing the root and damaged nerves. Once the tooth has been cleaned and cleared of bacteria, it is sealed and bonded. Most people who undergo root canal therapy find the procedure similar to getting a cavity filled.
When is a Root Canal Necessary?
Schedule an appointment with your dentist if you are experiencing:
- Significant hot and cold sensitivity
- Signs of infection
- Dark stains or discolorations
- Tenderness/swelling around the gums
Find a Dentist in Alexandria, VA
You don't have to wait until you're in pain or something goes wrong to go to the dentist. Preventive dental care is the best way to avoid oral health problems that will require more intensive treatment down the road. For more information, contact our office by calling (703) 671-0626 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Abdeen today.