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Root Canal Therapy
in Lansdowne, VA

If one of your teeth has been recently acting up, it may be in need of a root canal. Serious tooth infections can cause symptoms like throbbing pain or sensitivity to hot or cold food. If that applies to you, Your Community Smile is here to provide gentle root canal therapy at our Lansdowne dental office. Don’t wait for the infection to spread, reach out to our office today to schedule an appointment.

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How do I know if I need a root canal?

Root canals are primarily meant to save teeth from severe infections. When you have a tooth infection there are some common symptoms to look out for, including:

  • Severe Tooth Pain
  • Swollen, Inflamed, Or Bleeding Gums
  • Hot or Cold Sensitivity
  • Abscessed Tooth

Less severe infections can often be resolved with a simple filling, but if the infection has progressed a root canal will be the best option. Ultimately, root canals can save infected teeth and prevent them from needing to be extracted. Extractions are often more expensive, more invasive, and leave a missing tooth that would need to be restored. It’s best to go with a root canal whenever possible.

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How Does A Root Canal Work?

After an examination, we’ll be able to determine which procedure is best for you. If it’s determined you need a root canal treatment, a small hole will be made in the surface of the tooth so that the infected tissue can be removed. Afterward, the tooth will be sealed to prevent future infections.

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Are Root Canals Painful?

Out of all restorative dental procedures, root canals may have the worst reputation. Most patients expect them to be painful, but thanks to modern dentistry that’s no longer the case. We begin each procedure with a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and the surrounding area. This helps to make the entire procedure stress and pain-free. Post-treatment you may continue to notice some soreness over the next few days, but it can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

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