Marv Thomas, DDS

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By The Dental Spa
May 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Fewer dental procedures produce more fear and loathing than the dreaded root canal. But contrary to popular belief, it is not an Root_Canalextraordinarily painful or traumatic procedure. The truth is that a root canal treatment is actually very similar to having a cavity filled, and it also actually eliminates the pain caused by a badly infected or inflamed tooth. Dr. Marv Thomas and Dr. Faz Jabbari, the dentists at The Dental Spa in Woodbridge, VA, offer cosmetic, general, and emergency dentistry services in a soothing and tranquil setting to ensure that all patients are comfortable and have an anxiety-free experience with every visit to the dentist.

Root Canal Treatment in Woodbridge, VA

Q: How painful is a root canal treatment?

A: Pain is relative and some patients are more sensitive than others, but the truth is that root canal therapy is not an inherently painful procedure! It is very similar to the procedure for filling a cavity in terms of pressure and discomfort, and you will receive local anesthesia to numb the area and ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed throughout the process.

Q: How do I know if I need a root canal?

A: A dental exam is necessary to determine if root canal therapy is needed, but you should schedule an appointment with the dentist if you are experiencing pain, swelling, heat or cold sensitivity, or signs of an infection.

Q: How does root canal therapy work?

A: The procedure is fairly straight forward. After applying a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth, the dentist removes the damaged and inflamed tissue inside the tooth. A root canal essentially cleans the tooth from the inside out to remove bacteria and any damaged tissue. The tooth is then filled and sealed to complete the treatment.

Q: Is there an alternative to getting a root canal?

A: Root canal is sometimes the only way to save a badly damaged or infected tooth and the only alternative to an extraction. Generally speaking, it is always better to save the natural tooth whenever possible.

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For more information about root canal therapy and dental spa services, contact The Dental Spa by calling (703) 580-8288 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas or Dr. Jabbari today.

By The Dental Spa
July 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root CanalA toothache is unmistakable, but knowing what's causing it can be difficult to pinpoint. However, there are certain signs and symptoms that could indicate a root canal could be what you need to alleviate that pain permanently. At The Dental Spa in Woodbridge, VA, our dentist Dr. Marv Thomas believes in educating her patients about dental procedures so that they can make informed decisions about their health. Below, Dr. Thomas discusses the ways you might be able to tell that a painful tooth is in need of a root canal.

Why are root canals necessary?

Each of your teeth contains a network of blood vessels, nerves, and soft tissues inside. The hard outer covering of the teeth, known as the enamel, protects these structures from damage. However, decay or breakage can perforate the enamel and reach the sensitive inner tissues, leading to an infection that often causes a lot of pain. Root canals from your Woodbridge dentist eliminate this pain by removing the inside of the tooth, replacing it with a rubber filling, and then sealing it off with a crown on top. Essentially, a root canal is a more in-depth cavity filling, meant to save the way your tooth looks and functions.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

An X-ray from your Woodbridge dentist is the only way to determine if a root canal can fix your toothache, but you may notice some problems that could indicate that your enamel has been compromised. One of the first signs is sudden tooth sensitivity. Although there are a variety of reasons that your teeth could be sensitive, painful, lingering sensitivity could mean that the inside of your tooth is being exposed to hot or cold temperatures. You may also have sharp pain when you bite down or chew; this is common if you have cracked your tooth and the sections of it are shifting from the pressure. Some people develop a blister-like abscess on the gums near the affected tooth due to the body's immune system trying to rid itself of the infection. This is a sure sign you need to contact The Dental Spa right away.

Whether you're experiencing these symptoms or just need a checkup, we're here to help you! Contact The Dental Spa in Woodbridge, VA, to make an appointment with Dr. Thomas today!

By The Dental Spa
October 21, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Which would you rather have — the flu or a root canal procedure? Nearly 80 percent of people recently surveyed by the American Association of Endodontists wisely chose the root canal. If this takes you by surprise, then let us bring you up to date on root canal treatment today. It’s nothing like the experience that once made it the butt of jokes and a benchmark against which other “undesirable” experiences were measured.

The term “root canal” actually has two meanings. It is part of the pulp-filled chamber at the center of every tooth containing nerves and blood vessels that keeps teeth vital (alive). It’s also the endodontic (endo  = inside; dont = tooth) procedure that treats inflammation and infection in this tissue. Common causes of pulp problems are traumatic damage (for example a crack, chip, or root fracture), deep decay, or gum disease.

The first sign of a problem is typically pain — ranging from acute and intense pangs when biting down, to lingering discomfort after consuming hot or cold foods, to a chronic dull ache and pressure, or tenderness and swelling in nearby gums. The primary pain may abate as the nerves in the pulp die, but the infection will continue, compromising the affected tooth, jeopardizing the health of the surrounding tissues, and often triggering secondary pain.

Pain-Relieving, Tooth-Saving Treatment
Endodontic treatment, by contrast, is no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled. The tooth and surrounding area are numbed with a local anesthetic before the procedure begins. In order to access the diseased pulp, a small opening is made in the biting surface of the tooth. Tiny instruments are used to remove the pulp, clean and disinfect the root canal(s) and pulp chamber, and prepare the empty tooth interior to receive a biocompatible filling material to prevent bacteria from returning. A permanent crown may be placed over the tooth at that time, or a second visit may be needed. A crown (cap) is important to the tooth's long-term strength and functionality.

For a day or two following treatment you may experience temporary sensitivity, which often responds to an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen. Occasionally, prescription medications, including antibiotics, may be needed.

All in all, doesn’t saving a tooth sound easier and more constructive than coming down with the flu?

If you would like more information about root canal treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step-By-Step Guide To Root Canal Treatment.”

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