Emergency Dental Care
Our Fairfax dental office offers around-the-clock emergency dental care. If you need a root canal on a weekend or in the middle of the night, you can receive same-day emergency care at our state-of-the-art facility. We always have a dentist on call and standing by to treat patients.
Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Therapy vs. Fillings
Minor cavities can often be addressed with simple fillings. However, when the cavity spreads and the bacteria begin to infect the nerves and blood vessels (pulp) within the tooth, a more extensive solution is required. This is where root canal therapy comes in.
Root canal therapy completely removes the pulp to eliminate the infection and protect the exterior of the tooth. Because of the nature of a root canal, a crown may be needed to reinforce your tooth structure after treatment.
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Fairfax Family Dental Care is dedicated to providing top-tier dental care whenever people need it. Drs. Milan Simanek, Touraj Kamali, and Charles D. Kirksey are highly trained and belong to prestigious organizations, including the American Dental Association, the American Orthodontic Society, and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Our years of experience, compassionate care, and advanced technology allow us to provide root canal treatment right away, without having to refer you to an endodontist. Schedule an appointment now.
Don't Ignore Early Symptoms
Not every root canal infection starts with an excruciating toothache, which often signals bacteria have reached the pulp (soft inner tissue) of a tooth. Instead, you may first notice subtle signs that something is wrong. It's best not to ignore these early symptoms. Signs that you may need a root canal procedure include:
- Toothache — mild or acute
- Unexplained tooth sensitivity
- Discoloration in a tooth
- Swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath
- A pimple on the gums
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What You Can Expect During Your Root Canal Therapy
Our gentle dentists and advanced technology make root canal treatments typically no more uncomfortable than a dental filling.
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If you think you may need a root canal, don't wait. Contact our Fairfax, VA, dental office today to avoid more serious oral health issues.
Early treatment can help you save your tooth and save money, so contact our office today for an appointment.
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What If I Need an Extraction?
For a root canal treatment to succeed, there needs to be enough tooth structure to support a crown and preserve the tooth. If a tooth is severely compromised, extraction may be the only solution.
Our highly trained dentists can restore your smile and your bite with a dental bridge or dental implant and implant-supported crown if extraction is necessary. Our Fairfax office is equipped with the latest implant technology, which allows us to meet a wide range of needs.
Root Canal Treatment FAQ
Don't you have to go to an endodontist for a root canal treatment?
No. Drs. Simanek, Kamali, and Kirksey are general dentists who can perform root canal therapy at our Fairfax, VA, dental office. Seeing us over an endodontist means undergoing treatment with dentists you're used to and receiving a continuum of care from one office.
Are root canal treatments painful?
No, root canal procedures have a bad reputation, but the truth is that they provide more pain relief than discomfort. One of our dentists will remove the infected pulp and restore the tooth with a dental crown during a root canal procedure. While an infected tooth is painful and difficult to eat with, your newly restored tooth will feel great. We also apply local anesthesia during a root canal procedure, so you shouldn't feel any discomfort.
Is it better to get an extraction than a root canal?
No, our dentists will always try to save your natural tooth whenever possible. A root canal procedure can potentially save your natural tooth structure and prevent you from needing an extraction and costly restorative dentistry treatments in the future. While your dentist will remove the tooth pulp during a root canal, the healthy outer part of the tooth remains intact and will be covered with a dental crown for added protection.
Is root canal therapy expensive?
No, root canal therapy is less expensive than treatment for a missing tooth, especially when it involves dental implants. The procedure is also usually covered by insurance, as infections in the root canal are harmful for your overall oral and physical health. Our Fairfax, VA, dental office works with most insurance companies and accepts CareCredit to cover out-of-pocket costs.
Can I wait to get root canal therapy?
We recommend coming into our Fairfax office as soon as possible when you start to have tooth pain and symptoms of a root canal infection. The longer you wait, the worse your infection will get, resulting in painful abscesses and widespread damage. Root canal infections can even lead to tooth loss if put off for too long.
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