Endodontics Specialist

Dominion Endodontics

Endodontics located in Alexandria, Falls Church, & Arlington, VA

Toothaches often indicate problems in the pulp of your tooth. Dominion Endodontics in Alexandria, Falls Church, and Arlington, Virginia, specializes in procedures like root canals and apicoectomy to treat the soft tissue inside a damaged or decayed tooth. Call the location nearest you or use the online form to schedule an appointment today.

Endodontics

What is endodontics?

While general dentistry primarily focuses on the outside of your teeth, endodontics is a branch of dentistry focused on the inside, including the tooth pulp and roots. 

The most common endodontic procedure is a root canal. Root canals treat decay that’s reached the inside of the tooth to prevent tooth loss. 

You may also need endodontic treatment if you suffer a dental trauma involving injury to your teeth, need surgery, or require dental implants.

What is dental pulp?

Your teeth have several layers. The innermost layer is called the dental pulp. The pulp consists of nerves, blood vessels, and living connective tissue. Decay or infection in the pulp typically causes pain or tooth sensitivity. 

Infected tooth pulp causes the tooth to die if left untreated and requires an extraction. Endodontic treatment attempts to save the tooth so you don’t need it pulled. 

How do I know if I have a tooth infection?

Most infected teeth cause symptoms like:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold 
  • Tooth pain
  • Throbbing or aching pain around the infected tooth
  • Jaw pain
  • Inflamed gums
  • Pus around the infected tooth

Often, a tooth infection causes bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth. 

If you experience any of these symptoms, reach out to Dominion Endodontics before the infected tooth causes more complicated dental issues, such as loss of teeth or soft tissue infections. 

What should I expect during a root canal?

If your provider determines you need a root canal to save and protect your tooth, there’s no need to worry about the procedure. Root canals aren’t all that different from getting a routine filling for a cavity.

Additionally, Dominion Endodontics is one of the only practices in Virginia to offer sedation dentistry for patients with dental phobias or anxiety and is committed to ensuring your comfort during your appointments. 

During a root canal, your provider removes the areas of decay and disease from inside your tooth, including the diseased pulp, nerves, and tissue. Then, they fill the empty root canal and seal the tooth. Once the decay, infection, and diseased tissues are removed, your tooth pain is relieved and your tooth saved. 

If you need specialized endodontics treatment, don’t wait. Call the Dominion Endodontics location nearest you or book online today.