Although a root canal is often thought of as being a dreaded, painful procedure, it is often the best way to preserve a natural tooth and prevent further damage to your smile. Chantilly dentist Dr. Quynh-Chi Nguyen strives to make you as comfortable as possible during your treatment.

What is a Root Canal?

The term root canal actually refers to the interior of a tooth where the pulp and nerves are located. A root canal treatment is needed when a tooth is significantly damaged or has decay that extends into the pulp chamber. Tooth pain is usually the first sign patients experience, though a dentist can spot infection during routine examinations. In most cases, the root canal procedure will alleviate the pain associated with the infection.

About the Root Canal Procedure

root canal procedureThe root canal procedure is relatively simple. First, Dr. Nguyen will make a small hole access the tooth pulp. The infected tissue and damaged nerve will be removed and the root canal will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The tooth will be temporarily sealed to keep out food and saliva until the next appointment.

Once the infection is clear and the root canal is free of debris, Dr. Nguyen will fill the tooth with a biocompatible rubber compound called gutta percha. Finally, Dr. Nguyen will cover the tooth with either a dental filling or tooth cap to add strength and protect it from future damage.

How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?

The cost of root canal procedures depends on your specific circumstances. Most dental insurance carriers will pay for part or all of the cost of a root canal procedure. Dr. Nguyen accepts nearly all PPO dental insurance plans. Paradise Smiles will take care of all the necessary paperwork and billing to help you maximize your benefits.