Root Canal Therapy
in Woodbridge, VA

Most patients never want to hear that they need root canal therapy. At Vera Dentistry, we understand, and we’re here to make your experiences as comfortable and enjoyable as they can be. Whether you believe you may need a root canal or you know you need one and you’re searching for a trusted dentist in Woodbridge, our team can assist. Contact us today!

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What are root canals used to treat?

Root canals are employed to treat teeth with infected or severely damaged pulp, which is the innermost layer of a tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. When this area becomes compromised due to deep decay, cracks, or trauma, it can lead to intense pain and infection. Root canals aim to remove the affected pulp, clean the canals, and seal the tooth to prevent further damage. This procedure is essential for preserving the natural tooth, avoiding extraction, and restoring oral health.

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Are root canals painful?

Modern dental techniques and anesthesia have significantly improved the root canal experience for patients. Before beginning the procedure, a local anesthetic is always administered to numb the area, ensuring you remain comfortable throughout the appointment. Post-treatment, you may experience some mild discomfort, but this can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Our office also provides nitrous oxide sedation and oral conscious sedation, which can be helpful for reducing anxiety and having a relaxing experience.

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Are there any alternatives to root canal treatments?

In some cases, when a root canal is not possible or not the best option for a specific tooth, extraction followed by tooth replacement may be considered. However, it’s important to note that extracting a natural tooth should be a last resort, as it can lead to issues like bone loss, shifting of neighboring teeth, and a loss of chewing functionality. Therefore, root canals are often the preferred treatment to preserve the natural tooth structure. Our team would be happy to assess your smile to determine which treatment option is right for you.