Root Canals Specialist

Gorgeous Smile

Ahmed Al-Salim, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Arlington, VA

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed by dentists, and one of the most vital. At Gorgeous Smile in Arlington, Virginia, Dr. Ahmed Al-Salim performs root canals to save teeth threatened by an infection inside the soft tissue pulp. When you neglect infections at the center of your tooth, they promote tooth decay or loss. If you notice signs of infection, such as severe toothache or tooth sensitivity, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a common dental procedure that treats harmful infections inside your tooth. The pulp inside your tooth can develop an infection if you fail to practice good oral health habits or due to an injury.

To perform the procedure, Dr. Al-Salim first accesses the pulp inside your tooth. Next, he removes the infected material before resealing your tooth.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Severe tooth pain or sensitivity is one of the most common signs of an infection that requires a root canal. If these signs last longer than a few days, immediately make an appointment at Gorgeous Smile to obtain Dr. Al-Salim’s professional opinion to determine whether your tooth has an infection.

Delaying a get root canal when you have infected pulp can result in losing the affected tooth.

What does a root canal involve?

Dr. Al-Salim performs root canal treatment with sedation and numbs the treatment area, limits any discomfort during the procedure.

He starts by using a small surgical drill to create a hole in the top of your tooth, where he accesses the pulp at the tooth’s center. Next, he carefully removes the infected pulp and cleans out the inner parts of your tooth.

After removing the infection, he reseals your tooth with a rubber-like material. In most cases, Dr. Al-Salim may place a dental crown on top of the treated tooth to provide added protection. A dental crown helps restore a tooth that has undergone a root canal to optimal health and prevents further damage.

A few weeks after your procedure, you come in for a follow-up appointment, where Dr. Al-Salim assesses your tooth to ensure all signs of infection are gone.

Is a root canal painful?

No. The infection in your pulp is the cause of your painful symptoms. A root canal relieves your pain. Without a root canal, your pain and discomfort only get worse. Additionally, Dr. Al-Salim may use sedation to make your root canal more comfortable, depending on the specifics of your condition and your preferences.

If you think you might need a root canal to address an infection, call or schedule an appointment online today.