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Root Canals Specialist

Alonzo M. Bell, DDS -  - General and Cosmetic Dentistry

The Bell Dental Group

Alonzo M. Bell, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Alexandria, VA

A toothache that evokes misery in every aspect of your life may be a sign of a severe infection or nerve damage in your tooth. At The Bell Dental Group in Alexandria, Virginia, general and cosmetic dentist Alonzo M. Bell, DDS, strives to preserve your natural teeth with root canal procedures. If severe tooth pain is causing you grief, set up a next-day appointment by calling The Bell Dental Group or booking online today.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal procedure repairs and saves a severely decayed or infected tooth. Dr. Bell uses root canals as the last line of defense before pulling a tooth.

During a root canal, Dr. Bell removes the infected nerves and pulp from inside the tooth, then he cleans the cavity and seals it against further infection.

If left untreated, an infection may lead to an abscess. Other problems that may stem from an infected tooth include:

  • Inflammation of your head and neck
  • Deterioration of your jaw bone
  • Bacteria drainage into your gums and cheeks

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Root canals help relieve pain caused by an infected nerve in your tooth. You may have an infected nerve if you experience any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Fractured tooth
  • Dental abscesses
  • Previous tooth injury

The best way to know if you need a root canal is to book an appointment with Dr. Bell. If another dentist suggested a root canal and you want a second opinion, Dr. Bell is happy to discuss your options.

How does a dentist perform a root canal?

Dr. Bell performs complete root canal procedures, or endodontics, right in his Alexandria office. There’s no need to see a separate endodontic specialist.

First, he takes a digital X-ray of the problem tooth to look for signs of infection. If Dr. Bell determines you need a root canal, he prepares the area for treatment by numbing it with a local anesthetic. He also offers nitrous oxide sedation for enhanced comfort throughout the procedure.

Next, Dr. Bell drills a hole into the affected tooth. He removes the decayed tissue and cleans the inside of the cavity. Then, he protects your tooth from further infection by sealing it off.

Once your root canal is complete, Dr. Bell discusses options for restoring the tooth with a crown.


If you think you may need a root canal to save a painful tooth, call The Bell Dental Group or book an appointment online today.