Fairfax Medical Center
10721 Main Street, Suite 2200
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone:(703) 352-3900




Root Canal Treatment

If your tooth's nerve chamber becomes infected by decay, or damaged by trauma, root canal treatment is often the only way to save your tooth.

Inside your tooth's hard outer shell is a nourishing pulp of blood vessels, lymph vessels and nerves. The root canals, which contain the pulp, extend to the bone.

Deep tooth decay, or an injury, can cause serious damage and infection to the pulp's nerves and vessels. Root canal, or endodontic, treatment cleans out the infected pulp chamber and repairs the damage.

Tooth

Some indications of the need for root canal treatment may be:
- Spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
- Severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess
  (infection) in the bone.

Be sure to follow the special home care instructions provided by Dr. Ortega.

PROCEDURE

Step 1

Step 1
After the tooth is anesthetized, an opening is made through the crown into the pulp chamber.

Step 2

Step 2
The length of the root canals is determined.

Step 3

Step 3
Unhealthy pulp is removed. Canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped.

Step 4

Step 4
Canals are filled and sealed. A metal post may be added for structural support or to retain restorative materials.

Step 5

Step 5
The tooth is sealed with a temporary filling. Usually a gold or porcelain crown adds further protection.

The material used to fill your root canal will probably last you a lifetime, but eventually the filling or crown may need to be replaced.



Dental Cosmetix
Cosmetic & Comprehensive Dentistry
10721 Main Street, Suite 2200
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: (703) 352-3900
DrOrtega@DentalCosmetix.com