At Russo Endodontics, we have created a welcoming and relaxing environment for your endodontic needs. Our staff is committed to providing clear communication before, during and after your treatment in order to demystify and destigmatize root canal therapy.
Root Canal Treatment
Whether you’re dealing with tooth pain and inflammation from an infection caused by a deep cavity, crack, or chip, our team at Russo Endodontics can save your teeth and provide the relief you need with root canal therapy. During this straightforward endodontic treatment, Dr. Russo will clean the infected space inside the tooth and seal the space with a durable filling material. We generally complete root canal procedures within one or two appointments.
In many cases of root canal treatment, your saved tooth will last a lifetime; but not every case is cut and dry. If you’ve already had endodontic treatment and you’re experiencing issues again, or if you’ve been told that a root canal procedure is no longer an option for you, know that there are endodontic treatment alternatives. During retreatment, Dr. Russo will reopen your tooth and remove the filling materials that were placed in the root canals during the first procedure. She then carefully examines the tooth, looking for additional canals or new infection. Dr. Russo then removes any infection, cleans and shapes the canals, and places new filling materials. The opening is then sealed with a temporary filling. Once the tooth heals, a new crown or other restoration is placed on the tooth to protect it.
Treatment of Dental Trauma
Traumatic dental injuries are, unfortunately, common. Whether the damage is to primary or permanent teeth, it is crucial to seek immediate assistance from a dentist or endodontist. Examples of severe tooth injuries include tooth fractures, avulsed or knocked-out teeth, and root fractures. Without prompt management of dental trauma, root resorption can occur. At Russo Endodontics, we follow dental traumatology guidelines to provide fast pain relief and effective treatment options, such as root canal treatment or restoration.
Endodontic surgery can be used to locate small fractures or hidden canals previously undetected on X-rays during the initial treatment. Surgery may also be needed to remove calcium deposits in root canals, or to treat damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone of the tooth.
There is no need to worry about surgery if your endodontist prescribes this additional measure. Advanced technologies like digital imaging and operating microscopes allow these procedures to be performed quickly, comfortably and successfully. There are many surgical procedures that can be performed to save a tooth. The most common is called an apicoectomy, or root-end resection, which may be needed when inflammation or infection persists in the bony area around the end of your tooth after a root canal procedure.
Dr. Russo has practiced endodontics in Northern Virginia since 2009, aside from two years spent overseas at the US Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan as a Navy contractor. While in Japan, Dr. Russo lectured to both American and Japanese dentists on topics such as the treatment of dental trauma and the use of cone beam CT technology in endodontic treatment planning.