Root Canals

A root canal dentist in Woodbridge, VA is a common treatment that is needed when a cavity (caused by bacterial infection) has spread to the nerve. During the root canal procedure, the infected tissue and nerve is removed and the root is cleaned. After the canal or canals are cleaned then a buildup is completed and a crown is placed over the tooth. This ensures the longevity of your tooth and you are pain free. 

Indicators of infection 

Dental infections manifest themselves when a cavity is left untreated. When a tooth is fractured, broken or has a large cavity the inner tissue becomes exposed to the bacteria. If cavities are left untreated they create a large hole in the tooth and eventually reach the soft inner pulp and the apex of the root. Once the bacteria has reached the pulp tissue, it can be very painful. If left untreated the bacteria will eventually spread compromising the surrounding gums, teeth and jawbone. It is important to receive treatment before the bacterial infection becomes systemic. 

How do I know if I need a root canal?

During your dental visit a comprehensive exam will be conducted and a definitive diagnosis will be made. 

Some of the symptoms to look out for are: 

  • Pain to hot and cold beverages 
  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • A bump on the gums filled with bacteria  ( known as abscess) 
  • Discolored tooth  

What to expect during Root canal treatment?

Prior to your root canal treatment, notify the provider of any dental anxiety. Different methods can be used to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure ranging from nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to oral sedation. 

During your visit, local anesthetic will be administered. Then a rubber dam will be placed around the tooth to ensure the tooth is safe and isolated during the procedure. The tooth will then be gently cleaned with a drill and all infected structures removed. Special files will then be used to clean and remove the infected tissue. Then the inside of the tooth is sterilized and cleaned. Once the root of the tooth is completely clean, a filling material called gutta percha is used to fill the space where the infected nerve tissue once was. Then filling material called composite resin is used to build the tooth back up, this is called buildup. Once the buildup is completed then an intraoral scan is taken of the tooth and bite, which is used by the lab to make the permanent crown. 

In the meantime, a temporary crown is worn for approximately two weeks. The final visit consists of permanent crown delivery. The fit, shape, color and esthetics are checked. Once you are fully satisfied with how the crown feels in your mouth it will be permanently seated. To explore root canal dentist in Woodbridge, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us today.


We understand that visiting a dentist can be stressful, so keeping that in mind we have designed our office to create an atmosphere that is both calming and relaxing.

  • 12719 Apollo Dr, Woodbridge,
    VA 22193
  • (571) 513-7117

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