Greater Washington Endodontics is the metro area’s premier specialty practice for dental treatment. We have trained doctors and staff who remain sensitive to the needs of our patients and their care. Our practice has 5 locations in Arlington, Falls Church, Burke, Reston and Woodbridge Virginia.
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At Greater Washington Endodontics and Periodontics our doctors and staff are committed to patient care and will make every effort to ensure each and every patient has a thoughtful and positive experience while in our practice care. Please be sure to read about our doctor bios and call our office at (703)534-4884 for questions you may have regarding our practice or to schedule an appointment at your convenience.
AS AN ENDODONTIC PATIENT, WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth and sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
Treated endodontic teeth should last as long as other natural teeth. Of course appropriate care must always take place which includes regular brushing and dental visits. However, there are times when endodontic treated teeth may require retreatment. This takes place if pain persists and healing does not take place. Although somewhat rare, this may occur months or years after treatment.
Periodontists specialize in the prevention and treatment of diseases of the tooth supporting tissues, known as the periodonitum (gum). General dentists receive training in diagnosis and treatment of mild to moderate periodontal disease; however they refer severe or complex cases to a peridontist.
Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save teeth with injured pulp from extraction. Occasionally, this non-surgical procedure will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and your endodontist will recommend surgery. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still manifest pain in the tooth. Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be treated with this procedure. The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is an apicoectomy or root-end resection.
Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of manipulation during treatment and previous condition of your tooth. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm. Do not chew food on the affected side until your endodontic therapy is completed and your tooth is covered with a protective restoration provided by your restorative dentist. You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen. Discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed.
NOTE: Alcohol intake is not advised while taking any of these medications. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed medications, or should swelling develop, please contact this office immediately.
We realize many patients for various reasons are nervous coming to a doctor for treatment. There have been many advances in Endodontic treatment to include advances in local anesthetics which are strong, long acting and reduce pain. We believe the experience of a root canal should be no different than seeking care for a needed filling. At Greater Washington Endodontics and Periodontics we treat the tooth and the pain associated with the tooth.