Endodontic treatment, or root canal therapy, is treatment of the nerve of the tooth. Dr. Duke Kim’s extensive training includes these unique services normally provided by a therapy specialist in Arlington, Virginia.

Dr. Duke Kim will recommend root canal therapy when the inside pulp or nerve of a tooth becomes infected. When a tooth is cracked, or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the nerve chamber of the tooth, which can lead to an infection. If left untreated, the infection can cause pain and swelling and can eventually lead to the loss of the tooth.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is generally a pain-free, comfortable procedure where the nerve of the tooth is removed, saving the natural tooth and preventing the spread of infection, all while returning the smile to complete health.

Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy

Not all patients who have teeth that require root canal therapy experience symptoms. Some signs that may indicate you may need a root canal include:

• Severe toothache
• Pain upon chewing or application of pressure
• Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
• Dark discoloration of the tooth
• Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums

To learn more about root canal therapy options in Arlington, Virginia, we invite you to contact us today at 703-664-1969. Our team of dental professionals will answer any questions you have and schedule an appointment with Dr. Duke Kim to discuss your root canal therapy options.