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Tooth decay is a serious problem afflicting the teeth of millions of Americans each year. Without timely treatment, the bacteria will continue to exploit more and more healthy material throughout and within the tooth. In time, this can even cause decay and a potential infection to form within the pulp or root of the tooth.

In a case this serious, a standard filling will likely prove inadequate for treating the decay and alleviating any potential pain. A tooth in this situation will likely need a root canal in Fairfax, Virginia.

The process starts with Dr. Paul Lee examining the tooth to assess the severity of the decay. Then, they will thoroughly numb the tooth and surrounding gums.

The entire tooth enamel layer will then be removed and any decayed or infected tissues within the tooth will be completely excised.

Your doctor will then use a special dental material called gutta percha to replace the excised tissues and create an anchoring abutment for an eventual dental crown.

An impression of the area will be made to create a crown that perfectly replicates the shape and strength of the original tooth enamel layer.

If you have a tooth suffering from untreated decay, we invite you to call 703-352-9600 to schedule an appointment at Dr. Paul Lee. Our team looks forward to bringing your smile back!