Root Canals Specialist

David Zadeh, DDS -  - General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry

Zadeh Dental

David Zadeh, DDS

General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry located in Arlington, VA

A root canal isn’t nearly as bad as movies and television shows lead you to believe. At Zadeh Dental in Arlington, Virginia, David Zadeh, DDS, provides his patients with gentle and effective root canals that restore their oral health and save them from having to extract a tooth. Schedule your root canal today by calling the office of Zadeh Dental or booking an appointment online.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that treats a tooth with damaged or infected pulp — the soft inner layer of your tooth. It’s made up of blood vessels and nerve endings, and when pulp is damaged or infected, it swells, which pinches the nerves within causing a great deal of pain. The pain of an infected tooth is what many people associate with a root canal, when in actuality, a root canal alleviates you from that pain.

During a root canal, your dentist removes your infected or damaged pulp while leaving the rest of your natural structures intact. In the past, the only way to treat infected or damaged tooth pulp was to extract the entire tooth, so a root canal represents a great leap forward in dental technology. 

What are the symptoms of damaged or infected tooth pulp?

If you have damaged or infected tooth pulp, you might notice: 

  • A darkened, discolored, or dead-looking tooth
  • Severe toothache
  • Pus around your gumline
  • A small pimple-like pocket near the root of your tooth
  • A foul taste or persistent bad breath

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with Zadeh Dental immediately to assess whether you need a root canal.

What happens if I avoid getting a root canal?

Left untreated, an infected or damaged tooth only gets worse. Avoiding a root canal can lead to several serious oral health concerns, like tooth loss and infection of your:

  • Nearby teeth
  • Jawbone
  • Blood (sepsis)

Modern dental technology has made root canals a simple and straightforward procedure that causes minimal discomfort. Don’t delay getting your root canal, schedule your visit with Zadeh Dental today.

What happens when I get a root canal?

Dr. Zadeh is highly skilled in endodontics, the branch of dentistry that focuses on the inside structures of your tooth. His expertise enables him to perform exceptionally safe, gentle, and effective root canals.

When you get a root canal, your dentist drills a small hole in the top of your infected tooth, then scrapes out the damaged pulp with a series of endodontic files. The inside of your tooth is then cleaned and sterilized and filled with a rubber compound called gutta-percha. Your provider fills the hole in the top of your tooth, then fits your tooth with a crown to restore its structural integrity.

Get started on your root canal today by calling the offices of Zadeh Dental or booking a visit online.