Root Canal Surgery Specialist

Dominion Endodontics

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

Root canal surgery can save your tooth from falling out or requiring extraction. Dominion Endodontics in Alexandria, Falls Church, and Arlington, Virginia, offers root canal surgery to restore severely decayed and damaged teeth. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today to find out if you require root canal surgery to restore your smile.

Root Canal Surgery

What is root canal surgery?

Root canal surgery is a dental procedure in which your Dominion Endodontics provider restores a tooth that’s infected or severely decayed on the inside (the pulp). The pulp of a tooth contains nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels.

Is root canal surgery right for me?

Your Dominion Endodontics provider lets you know if root canal surgery is necessary after reviewing your symptoms, dental and medical history, and results from dental X-rays. Signs and symptoms you may need root canal surgery include a tooth that’s:

  • Discolored
  • Cracked
  • Painful 
  • Temperature-sensitive
  • Abscessed

You might also notice a hole in your tooth, facial swelling, pus near the affected tooth, or gum swelling and pain.

What happens during root canal surgery?

Just before root canal surgery at Dominion Endodontics, your provider offers sedation dentistry if you suffer from dental anxiety. Sedation helps relax you and make you feel at ease during the procedure. They numb the treatment area so that you don’t feel pain during root canal surgery.

During treatment, your provider creates an opening at the top of your tooth to gain access to the inside of the tooth’s pulp. They clean out the diseased portion of the pulp, use medicine to eliminate infection, and fill the pulp chamber with special dental materials to restore it. 

Your Dominion Endodontics provider then seals the tooth with a filling. They might place a porcelain crown, or cap, over your restored tooth to enhance its appearance, strengthen it, and prevent future decay and damage.

What should I expect after treatment?

After root canal surgery at Dominion Endodontics, you can return to normal activities. However, your new restored tooth might feel sensitive for a few days. Take over-the-counter pain relievers to alleviate any discomfort.

You can resume a normal brushing and flossing routine right away. Brush at least twice daily and floss every day. Contact Dominion Endodontics if you experience worsening pain or your crown becomes loose or damaged. Attend routine dental cleanings and exams. Avoid sugary drinks, snacking on sugary foods, and chewing on hard objects.

Root canals can last for years or even a lifetime when cared for properly. At the first sign of tooth pain, schedule an appointment with Dominion Endodontics over the phone or online to find out if root canal surgery is right for you.