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Root Canal Specialist

Mosaic Dental

Cosmetic, Family, Implant and General Dentistry located in Sterling, VA

If you have damage or decay that’s reached the inside of your tooth, a root canal can restore your oral health without the need for an extraction. Anuradha Beri, BDS, CAGS, MSD, Zia Rizvi, DDS, and the team of dental experts at Mosaic Dental offer safe and effective root canals for their patients in Sterling, Virginia. To learn more about how a root canal can improve your oral health, call or book an appointment online today.

Root Canal Q&A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is an advanced dental procedure to treat decay or damage that affects your inner tooth.

The inside of your tooth is made up of a special tissue called pulp, which contains many nerves and blood vessels. When your pulp is damaged or infected, it swells and pushes up against the inner walls of your tooth, pinching the nerves and causing pain.

When you get a root canal, the Mosaic Dental team removes the damaged portion of your pulp and replaces it with a rubber-like compound called gutta-percha. 

What makes a root canal so impressive is the fact that it restores your oral health without compromising much of your natural tooth structures. In the past, the only way to treat an infected tooth was to extract it entirely.

What are the symptoms of damaged tooth pulp?

Some of the warning signs that you might have damage or decay on the inside of your tooth include:

  • Swelling of nearby gum tissue
  • Severe or spontaneous toothache
  • Darkening or discoloration of your tooth
  • Pus around your gumline
  • A small, pimple-like pocket of pus near your tooth root

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with the team at Mosaic Dental immediately. They can assess the state of your tooth and take X-rays to determine whether you need a root canal.

What is involved in the root canal process?

Root canals are fairly straightforward procedures that the Mosaic Dental team performs from the comfort of their modern offices. The team numbs your tooth and isolates it with a rubber dental dam before drilling a small access hole in the top. Then they use special files to extract the decayed tissue within.

Next, they clean and sterilize the inside of your tooth and fill the empty pulp chamber with gutta-percha. Finally, they seal off the access hole in the top of your tooth and fit you with a crown for added strength and support.

Is a root canal painful?

Root canals have a bad reputation as being painful procedures, but that’s largely an exaggeration.

The Mosaic Dental team uses local anesthesia for your root canal, so you actually won’t feel any pain or discomfort during your treatment. If anything, your root canal will make you feel much better, since it’s fixing your painfully infected tooth.

To schedule your root canal, call Mosaic Dental or book a visit online today.