Despite the procedure’s negative reputation in popular culture, there is absolutely no need to be afraid of a root canal. A root canal treats infection after decay, injury, or a tooth fracture. If done in time can actually save your tooth. In the past, a root canal procedure might have been quite painful. Today, Dr. Pamela Marzban uses extremely effective anesthetics and advanced technology to make the root canal process easy and comfortable. In fact, a root canal procedure will likely eliminate pain–not cause it.

If you are experiencing symptoms of an infected tooth, a root canal will provide relief. Please call  today for an appointment with Burke, VA dentist Dr. Marzban.

A happy woman after having her root canal taken care ofA Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth–and Maybe Your Life

Inside your teeth are three layers: enamel, dentin, and pulp. The enamel is the hard outer shell that protects the sensitive dentin and the extremely sensitive pulp. Below your gum line, the roots of your teeth branch out into canals where the protective enamel disappears to allow your teeth to absorb nutrients and purge waste into the bloodstream through the pulp.

Because the pulp is extremely vulnerable, a bacterial infection in your root canal can actually kill pulp cells, which causes inflammation. An inflamed root creates pressure inside your tooth, which can be extremely painful and if left untreated can damage your tooth to the point where you need a tooth extraction.

Untreated tooth infections are serious. They can spread to your sinuses and brain, travel to your lungs, or pass through your blood to infect your heart. These infections can be deadly. When you experience the symptoms of an infected tooth, it is vital to see a dentist for treatment.

Dr. Marzban is passionate about helping you maintain your oral health and have a beautiful smile you can show the world with confidence. Root canals serve both these functions, keeping your roots healthy while preventing the need for a tooth extraction that would leave a gap in your smile. If you have a serious infection and your tooth cannot be saved, Dr. Marzban is also skilled in providing aesthetically appealing and functional tooth replacement restorations such as dental implants.

Root Canal or Dental Implant?

If you have an infected tooth, you might think the best solution is to just remove the tooth and replace it with a dental implant. A root canal is a better choice when the tooth is mostly in good condition. A tooth treated with a root canal can last as long as and function as well as a dental implant. Then if the tooth fails in a few decades, you still have the option of getting a dental implant.

During your consultation, Dr. Marzban will explain your options and help you decide which is best for you.

Your Caring Virginia Dentist

Our practice is built around quality dental care, personal attention, and trust. We take the time to listen to your needs and your goals toward creating and maintaining a beautiful, functional smile. Dr. Marzban’s elite LVI training and her knowledgeable team allow us to provide outstanding results, but it is our passion for helping people improve their health, confidence, and self-esteem that truly sets us apart.

Whether you need a root canal, a dental crown, or just a regular dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning, we are here to help you feel comfortable and make the best oral health decisions. We understand your needs because we take the time to get to know you and care about your concerns.

To learn more about root canals or cosmetic dentistry in Northern Virginia, please call 703-323-8200 or contact Dr. Pamela Marzban, our LVI-trained dentist located in Burke, Virginia.