Endodontics Specialist

Virginia Dental Group PLLC

Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists located in Fairfax, VA

Endodontics focuses on the restoration of damaged or infected teeth. At Virginia Dental Group PLLC in Fairfax, Virginia, highly experienced dentists Lida M. Vargas, DDS, and Santiago J. Rueda, DDS, perform root canals and other endodontic treatments to help you keep your natural teeth and avoid extractions. Use the online booking tool or call the office for your appointment now.

Endodontics Q & A

What is endodontic care?

Endodontic care focuses on treatment of infected tooth pulp. Dr. Vargas or Dr. Rueda may recommend an endodontic procedure as a way to save your natural tooth. Restoring your natural tooth is always preferable to extraction, and endodontic procedures help you do just that.

Endodontic procedures at Virginia Dental Group include pulpal debridement, root canal therapy, and therapeutic pulpotomy.

What is a therapeutic pulpotomy?

A therapeutic pulpotomy is an endodontic procedure for children who have serious tooth decay that extends into the nerve tissue within the tooth. In a therapeutic pulpotomy, Dr. Vargas or Dr. Rueda removes nerve tissue in the crown (the top part of the nerve). A therapeutic pulpotomy can stop tooth decay and prevent further cavities in the area.

What is pulpal debridement?

Pulpal debridement is an endodontic procedure that relieves pain caused by infected inner tooth pulp and nerves. If you have infected or damaged dental pulp, you may also have swelling, tooth darkening, recurring bumps on your gums, an obvious crack or chip in the tooth, or severe inflammation.

Pulpal debridement is usually the first step in root canal therapy. In a pulpal debridement, Dr. Vargas or Dr. Rueda removes the infected or damaged pulp and disinfects your tooth. This relieves your pain and other symptoms, but doesn't restore your tooth. For that, you need a root canal.

What is root canal therapy?

In root canal therapy, your dentist fills your tooth with a medicated material following a pulpal debridement. Next, you get a dental crown to protect your tooth.

The CERECĀ® crown for your tooth is custom-made on-site, so your root canal treatment usually takes only 1-2 visits to Virginia Dental Group. After root canal therapy, your tooth is completely restored so you can eat, drink, and brush pain-free.

Is there any downtime after an endodontic procedure?

Most patients have little to no downtime following their endodontic procedure at Virginia Dental Group. Drs. Vargas and Rueda believe in using state-of-the-art techniques and tools, including highly effective anesthesia, to ensure your comfort at all steps of your endodontic treatments.

For gentle endodontic treatments from compassionate dentists, book an appointment at Virginia Dental Group by phone or through the online scheduler today.