Root canals are valuable dental procedures used to treat and preserve teeth with badly infected roots. The pulp is the live portion of the tooth that extends into the root and contains nerve endings and tissues. When it becomes infected, patients can experience pain, swelling and even total tooth loss unless treated. Root canals remove the damaged parts of the tooth and infected root. In some cases, an antibiotic is prescribed to help prevent further infection within the tooth. The organic portion of the tooth that remains may be restored using a cap or crown that provides a natural appearance and normal tooth function.

 Many patients associate root canals with pain and discomfort.

But local anesthetics and advancements in modern dentistry have made root canals highly tolerable procedures that are often no less comfortable than getting a standard filling. Upon completion, a restored tooth that has undergone a root canal will blend in with surrounding teeth – virtually undetectable to the average eye. More than 9 out of 10 root canal procedures are successful, and most treatments last many years or even a lifetime.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for a root canal?

You could be a candidate for a root canal if decay or damage has allowed bacteria to infect the pulp inside your tooth. A root canal could also be the right treatment for you if you prefer to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible instead of extracting both the healthy and diseased portions of your tooth. For more information about root canals and whether they are right for you, schedule a dental exam and consultation at your earliest convenience.

What should I expect during my root canal treatment?

If you decide to undergo a root canal, the first step in your procedure will involve a local anesthetic. Once your tooth root is numb, the diseased portion of your tooth pulp will be removed and potentially treated for bacterial infection. The tooth will then be sealed and filled before being restored with a crown.

What type of post-treatment care is required after a root canal?

It is normal for teeth to become inflamed after a root canal, potentially causing sensitivity for the first several days following treatment. However, normal brushing and flossing habits can be resumed immediately after treatment and restoration is complete.

 Many patients associate root canals with pain and discomfort.

But local anesthetics and advancements in modern dentistry have made root canals highly tolerable procedures that are often no less comfortable than getting a standard filling. Upon completion, a restored tooth that has undergone a root canal will blend in with surrounding teeth – virtually undetectable to the average eye. More than 9 out of 10 root canal procedures are successful, and most treatments last many years or even a lifetime.

Nicholas Leon-Guerrero D.D.S

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor of Science, University of the Pacific, Stocton, CA
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco, CA
  • General Practice Residency, Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • Certificate of Endodontics, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York, NY

MEMBER, DENTISTRY:

  • American Dental Association
  • Virginia Dental Association
  • Northern Virginia Dental Society
  • Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity

MEMBER, ENDODONTICS:

  • American Association of Endodontics

HONORS:

  • Board Eligible, American Board of Endodontics
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scout of America
  • AAE Foundation Mission Outreach Participant

Frank Portell, D.M.D., M.S.

EDUCATION:

  • Doctor of Medical Dentistry, University of PuertRico, San Juan, PuertRico
  • Certificate of Endodontics, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC
  • Master of Science, George Washington University, Washington, DC

MEMBER, DENTISTRY:

  • American Dental Association
  • Virginia Dental Association
  • Northern Virginia Dental Society

MEMBER, ENDODONTICS

  • American Association of Endodontists
  • Virginia Academy of Endodontics (Past President)

HONORS:

  • Fellow of The American College of Dentistry
  • Fellow of The International College of Dentistry
  • Fellow of The Academy of General Dentistry
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy Fellow
  • Fellow of The Virginia Dental Association
  • Voted Top Endodontist by Northern Virginia Magazine
  • Voted Top Endodontist by Virginia Living Magazine
  • Voted Top Endodontist by Washingtonian Magazine

Nathan Schoenly, D.D.S.

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor of Science, Saint Michael’s College, Burlington, VT
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Saint Michael’s College, Burlington, VT
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of BuffalSchool of Dental Medicine, Buffalo, NY
  • Certificate of Endodontics, University of BuffalSchool of Dental Medicine, Buffalo, NY

MEMBER, DENTISTRY:

  • American Dental Association
  • Virginia Dental Association
  • Northern Virginia Dental Society
  • Korean American Dental Association
  • Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity

MEMBER, ENDODONTICS:

  • American Association of Endodontists
  • Virginia Academy of Endodontics
  • American Board of Endodontics
  • College of Diplomates of the American Board of Endodontics

HONORS:

  • Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scout of America

David Palmieri, D.M.D., M.S.

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Certificate of Endodontics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Master of Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

MEMBER, DENTISTRY:

  • American Dental Association
  • Virginia Dental Association
  • Northern Virginia Dental Society
  • Alexandria Dental Club (Past President)

MEMBER, ENDODONTICS:

  • American Association of Endodontists
  • Virginia Academy of Endodontics (Past President)
    Penick Endodontic Study Club
  • Seattle Study Club
  • Spear Study Club

HONORS:

  • Fellow of the Virginia Dental Association
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society
  • American Association of Endodontics Student Achievement Award
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy Fellow
  • Voted Top Endodontist by Northern Virginia Magazine
  • Voted Top Endodontist by Virginia Living Magazine
  • Voted Top Endodontist by Washingtonian Magazine
  • Voted Top Endodontist by Washington Consumer Checkbook Magazine
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