Root Canals in Annandale, VA

Stop toothaches and save your tooth at Annandale Smiles.

Root Canals
It's possible to save a decaying tooth with root canal surgery.
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Do you have a severely infected and sore tooth that requires a root canal but afraid of surgery? Many years ago, root canals may have been painful, but with today’s anesthetics and improved treatment methods, patients feel comfortable during and after the quick procedure.

The truth is, you’ll feel more pain living with tooth decay than you will be during a root canal to fix the problem.

Signs you need a root canal:

  • Severe tooth pain upon pressure

  • Prolonged tooth sensitivity to heat and cold

  • Swelling of gums or tooth discoloration

Don’t let your toothache turn into tooth loss.

Benefits Of a
Root Canal
Here are the advantages of getting a root canal at Annandale Smiles.
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Root canals are safe, and the procedure can prevent the tooth infection from spreading.

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Relieves Pain

The procedure is pain-free with anesthetics and stops persistent toothaches.

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Preserves Teeth

Root canals can save a tooth and are a great investment in your smile.

The Root
Canal Procedure
Root canals with Annandale Smiles are simpler than you think.
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A root canal procedure is a straightforward treatment that relieves toothaches and can save your tooth. If a tooth’s root is infected, a root canal is needed to clean out the area, remove the pulp in the tooth, disinfect it, and fill the spot.

  • Step 1

    After examining your tooth and x-ray to see the full extent of decay, we plan out the procedure. We’ll let you know exactly what to expect before your root canal procedure.

  • Step 2

    On the day of the root canal surgery, we apply numbing to the area and clean out the decay. The root canal and pulp chamber areas are cleaned and dried. If needed, medication may be applied directly to clear up the infection as well. If the infection has spread, antibiotics may be prescribed.

  • Step 3

    Once the infection is cleared up and dried, we fill the inside of the tooth with a safe compound and a dental filling. A crown (tooth cover) is placed on top to restore the tooth’s functionality. The crown looks natural and feels natural so that you can continue eating and speaking naturally.

When a tooth has a deep cavity, decay, or crack, bacteria can enter the inside of the tooth and cause severe damage and pain – root canals fix this. If not completed in time, a tooth cannot be saved and may have to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant, which is more complicated and takes longer to heal.

Don’t settle for a life with a bad toothache and risk tooth loss; get a safe and pain-free root canal in Annandale, VA.

Hear what our patients are saying about us.

Henry CluneHenry Clune
05:34 08 Jan 22
Hannah, Cenae, and Nicole are the embodiment of professionalism. They always bring joy to every visit, and I love talking to them after my appointments. On top of those 3 making my reception into the dentists warm and welcome, the dentist's themselves do the best job everytime. My teeth come out cleaner than a baby's bottom and I feel like I have a new mouth leaving the place. I will literally go here until I die. 5/5 would definitely recommend if looking for a new dentist. Best receptionist's ever too.UPDATE:Elizabeth (like the queen) was my hygienist for my most recent visit. Did she do a good job? Is the Pope Catholic? My teeth feel cleaner than a new Lamborghini being unveiled for the first time at an auto show. She always does an amazing job!Still 5/5 would totally recommend for anyone looking for a dentist.
Courtney BCourtney B
00:08 12 Dec 21
Front desk lady and lady who brought me back were cold but my dental hygienist Jimmy was amazing and so kind. He was friendly and made me comfortable to ask questions and get feedback about my dental care. He and Dr. Johnson both gave me confidence in my care and care plan moving forward. I recently moved but will go out of my way to continue going back. They do a great job working with insurance as well. Highly recommend.
Melynda WortendykeMelynda Wortendyke
21:34 07 Dec 21
I had an amazing visit today at Annandale Smiles. It started with a friendly staff who confirmed my information before a very short wait for my appointment. Next, I was taken on a short tour of the facility, where the cleanliness and comfortable decor made me feel at ease. Once in the roommy dental hygienist, Jimmy, explained everything that was going to happen in a very comforting manner. If anyone has a fear of dentist, he’s your man. He did such an excellent job of cleaning my teeth, to the extent that I could feel a difference by the end. Doctor Mike came in and checked me over letting me know that I was in good condition. They answered my questions with authority and even advised on some brands to use for what I was looking for. It was an excellent visit and I would wholeheartedly recommend this office!
Natalie CuzmarNatalie Cuzmar
14:10 15 Oct 21
As a new patient, I loved my experience at Annandale Smiles! The exam rooms were clean and the staff is super friendly and knowledgeable! Nancy (the hygienist) explained everything during the cleaning and how to improve my flossing! Dr. Michael and his assistant, Gaby, kept me relaxed and made me feel comfortable during my fillings. Added bonus that they give you a welcome bag with goodies and there’s a ton of free parking! 10/10 would recommend!
Jennifer DeForestJennifer DeForest
11:20 02 Oct 21
I've been coming here for years. Jimmy is one of my favorite hygienist! Careful and thoughtful throughout the entire cleaning process. 💯 Recommended!

FAQ About
Root Canals
  • Is a root canal painful?

    While most people think root canals are painful, they work to reduce your pain long-term. Needing a root canal is actually more painful than the procedure itself.

    We use numbing medicine so that you’ll feel minimal discomfort, and over the counter medication can ease any post-procedure discomfort.

    With anesthesia, a root canal isn’t any more uncomfortable than a regular dental filling or tooth removal. We know it doesn’t sound fun, but we promise it won’t hurt!

  • How long does a root canal take?

    The time of a root canal treatment depends on each patient and the severity of infection and decay. Most root canals take under an hour or up to 90 minutes. Typically, we complete them in 1 or 2 visits.

  • What happens during a root canal?

    During a root canal, the infected pulp inside the tooth is removed, and the tooth interior is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Once cleaned, the tooth is filled and sealed with a safe rubber-like material called gutta-percha.

    A filling and crown go on top of the treated tooth to protect the tooth and restore its functionality. Root canals are a safe procedure that can preserve your smile.

  • Are you awake during a root canal?

    You’re awake during a root canal, but we use anesthesia for a pain-free and comfortable procedure. Most patients report that root canals aren’t any worse than a regular filling.

  • What are the disadvantages of a root canal?

    Root canals have the power to save a tooth, but sometimes a tooth can’t be saved, and a dental implant is required to replace the missing tooth.

    Root canals are safe and effective in removing bacteria, and the results last a long time, even a lifetime. A one-on-one consultation and exam of your teeth will determine if a root canal is right for you.

    The real danger is ignoring signs of a tooth infection or decay, which can lead to serious health issues if the infection spreads. Schedule your consultation for a root canal in Annandale Smiles with Annandale, VA.


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