A tooth consists of three main parts: enamel, or a hard protective shell, dentin, a softer middle layer, and an inner layer of soft tissue called dental pulp. The pulp is made of lymph tissue, nerve tissue and blood vessels. If the pulp is traumatized by a fracture, forceful blow or oral bacteria, the tooth starts to die. Root canal therapy is often necessary at that point to eliminate or prevent infection and tooth loss.
Certain signs and symptoms may indicate the need for root canal therapy. Patients with an infected nerve or disease tooth may experience pain, ranging from minimal to severe, irritation and swelling around the surrounding gum tissue or tooth discoloration. The signs of an infection may also be visible on a radiograph.
Before undergoing root canal therapy, the dentist will anesthetize the effected tooth to prevent pain during the procedure. Next, a drill is used to reach the tooth’s canals and pulp chamber. Pin-like files of nickel titanium are use to carefully cleanse the canals and the tip of the root to remove any traces of debris or infection. The tooth is then disinfected and sealed and the canal’s access hole is closed with a permanent or temporary filling. The filling prevents infection and pain from recurring.
After the root canal treatment has been completed, the dentist will discuss options for tooth restoration, if needed, which may include dental crowns.
Following root canal therapy, it is normal to experience tenderness around the gums, but pain and discomfort are rare. The tissues surrounding the tooth’s root may be inflamed, but most patients experience few negative effects following the procedure. Most are soon relieved to experience a decrease in pain and discomfort caused by the effected tooth’s infection or trauma.
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Dr. Vakay is fabulous! She is the BEST dentist I have ever had.
I have always been a dental coward. When a tooth ache got very bad, I went to the Centreville Dental Wellness Center for help. This started me on a long period of processes, treatments and gentle care that has allowed me to overcome my fear and to bring my dental health back to where it is supposed to be. I can’t thank the staff at the Centreville Dental Wellness Center enough for their sensitive care.
I have been a patient at the Centreville Dental Wellness Center for approximately 15 years. I cannot offer enough praise for Dr. Vakay! She is without a doubt a top notch professional and accepts nothing but perfection in her work. She is by far the best dentist I have ever had. Thank you for your exceptional dental treatment and services!
Excellent practice. We were referred to them by a specialist that works with the Redskins . They are a class act. We recently made the switch for our kids from a pediatric dentist to Centreville Dental Wellness. Very happy we did. They are very kid friendly and did superior cleanings than the prior dentist. Highly recommend them.
This dental practice is absolutely wonderful. I have had multiple procedures and follow ups that have made me love my smile again! I have a lot of trepidation about dental work but this practice has made me enjoy the entire experience. My three year old daughter has recently become a patient as well and they were extra nurturing! Excellent practice! I travel from Arlington to continue to see them!
We were excited to open our doors on May 1 for regular patient care. We will continue to strive to provide a clean, safe and caring environment. You may notice a few differences when you arrive at our office, but they are part of the new protocol we have implemented.
IMPORTANT: rather than entering our office upon arrival, please call us first (703-815-0775) to let us know you’re here. You will be asked some screening questions over the phone, and then may enter our reception area where your temperature will be taken and hand sanitizer provided. Your shoes will also be lightly sprayed with disinfectant. You will then be escorted to a disinfected treatment room.
We are excited to welcome you back to our office!