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Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Tysons Corner, VA

If You Have Dental Questions, We Have the Answers!

Do you have a question about dental insurance coverage, a treatment you need, or emergency dental care? Our team is here to give you the information you need to feel confident in your oral health. Below, we’ve included some of the most common questions that we receive from our patients, along with our answers to them.

If I have a toothache, does that mean that I need a root canal?

Having a toothache doesn’t always mean that you need a root canal; however, it is one of the most common symptoms that signifies a tooth infection. The best way to learn whether you require root canal therapy is to visit our office for an emergency examination if you’re experiencing a persistent and severe toothache.

What’s the difference between a dentist and an endodontist?

Dr. Sara Shambayati is an endodontist, not a general dentist. This means that she has completed an additional one year of advanced residency and two years of education in an advanced endodontic specialty program after dental school to become an expert on dental , infections and dental pulp. General dentists have not completed this additional hands-on educational experience. 

Do I need to be referred to an endodontist?

If you’re experiencing a severe toothache or dental pain, you don’t have to wait to be referred to an endodontist to go to one. We welcome patients who could benefit from any of our services. All you need to do is contact our office and schedule an appointment!

Will I be able to drive myself home after root canal therapy?

Unless you’ve received dental sedation, you should be able to drive yourself to and from your root canal appointment. During your consultation, we’ll provide you any pre-op and post-op instructions you should follow.

Can I wait to get a root canal?

It’s important that you don’t wait to receive a root canal if you need one, because this could risk the infection spreading to surrounding teeth, or structures. 

It’s important that you don’t wait to receive a root canal if you need one, because this could risk the infection spreading to surrounding teeth, or even into your bloodstream.

Will I need a follow-up after my root canal?

Yes. The process of getting a root canal typically takes place over two appointments, and you may need a follow-up visit as well to make sure that your tooth has healed properly.

How does tooth decay happen?

Dental decay is one of the most common oral health problems in the nation. It occurs when your mouth becomes overrun with harmful oral bacteria that produce acid and toxins as they feed off of leftover food debris. The acid slowly erodes your enamel and burrows into your tooth, causing cavities to form. If the decay isn’t treated, it could lead to an infection.