What is endodontics?

Endodontics is the branch of dentistry focused on the study and treatment of the dental pulp, which is the innermost layer of the tooth. The dental pulp includes the living tissues of the tooth, such as connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. If this part of the tooth becomes diseased, damaged, or infected, endodontic treatment may be needed.

What is a root canal?

Root canal therapy is the most common form of endodontic treatment. During a root canal, our dentists gently remove all of the infected and damaged tissues from the tooth. After carefully cleaning the tooth and reshaping the root canal system, Dr. Niles and Dr. Niles-Smith fill the tooth with a medicated material. Finally, we place a restoration such as a crown on the tooth to restore its strength, shape, and function. Based on your specific needs, we can typically complete root canal therapy in just one or two visits to Niles Dental.

Do I need a root canal?

Our dentists will help you determine whether a root canal in Woodbridge, Virginia, is the right treatment for your smile. We may suggest this treatment if your tooth is infected, which often manifests itself with symptoms like severe tooth pain, increased tooth sensitivity, swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums, a darkening of the tooth, or a recurring pimple on the gums. If you experience these symptoms or any type of tooth pain, we encourage you to contact us today. We are dedicated to improving your dental health!