Ensuring Healthy Smiles with Comfortable
Root Canal Treatment
Calvin, Leesburg, VA
Calvin began experiencing sensitivity in one of his teeth, which at first didn’t seem like a big deal. Then, the sensitivity wouldn’t go away. “Whenever I ate something even mildly cold, it was like an ice pick was chipping at my tooth. I knew something was wrong,” he says.
He made an appointment to see Dr. Kamboh to find out what the problem was. A dental exam and x-rays revealed that the tissue inside his tooth was infected and root canal therapy was needed. Calvin admits he was nervous about the procedure. “Who looks forward to a root canal? But Dr. Kamboh made it the best.”
Calvin’s procedure went smoothly and his pain and extreme sensitivity is now gone. “I highly recommend these folks. They really make each patient feel special!”
An untreated cavity is the main reason to perform a root canal procedure.
Common FAQs on Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is a process in which the top of the tooth is opened and the nerve is accessed. The dentist or endodontist uses special tools to carefully remove the nerve from the tooth. The empty nerve space is then filled with a dental material, and the tooth is restored with a crown or filling. After a root canal, the tooth can be sore for a few days, but patients typically feel immediate relief from their toothache.
For most patients, root canal recovery only takes a few days. You’ll probably experience some mild soreness for the first 24 to 48 hours after your procedure, but taking over-the-counter pain medication or applying a cold compress should be enough to manage it. If you have severe pain or discomfort that lasts longer than a week, call your healthcare provider.
Usually, root canals are performed as a final measure to save a tooth that has been traumatized from either decay or an accident. Ideally, a root canal will last as long as a crown can last. Regular checkups with your dentist will allow your dentist to identify any early issues that may arise from a root canal-treated tooth. Maintaining your oral home care, including brushing and flossing, can help support the longevity of the root canal and crown.