Imaney N. Ahmad, DMDTooth Doc Family Dentistry

Dr. Ahmad proudly serves patients in the Herndon, VA area, including Reston and Sterling. Originally from Central Florida, Dr. Ahmad graduated from Temple Kornberg School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, where she obtained her doctorate in dental medicine. There, she gained a solid clinical foundation working on the nation’s largest dental school patient population with a focus on the complex dental needs of the underserved and uninsured in North Philadelphia.As a practitioner, Dr. Ahmad is a strong believer in preventive dentistry and focuses on helping her patients maintain a healthy oral cavity. Dr. Ahmad takes great pride in being able to provide high-quality, comprehensive general dental care for the whole family.

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Patient Testimonials
  • “I am going to be honest, no one likes going to the dentist; however my first visit at this location was a great experience. The dentist as well as the entire staff was pleasant and professional at all times. The office was very clean, quite, and convenient. I will return to the office for my future dental needs.”

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  • “When you need a dentist, Tooth Doc is the place to go. My experience with my dentist was awesome. She was very professional, gentle and caring. Her patient's well-being is her number one priority. She displayed such genuine qualities which charmed me to her.”

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  • “Pain free, im afraid of needles but she used a method that distracted me from feeling any pain .. amazing staff n very neat and clean place. Looking forward for my other appointment.”

    - Patricia F.
  • “The Doctor is always very sweet and professional. I used to be scared to visit the dentist, but their staff and doctor are very friendly and welcoming. They're great!!”

    - S.
  • “Today was our first visit with Dr. Ahmad. She was wonderful with my two year old. She was gentle and engaging while effectively assessing/cleaning my daughters teeth. She also took her time in counseling us on important dental care issues for toddlers. We'll definitely be continuing our care dental care with Dr. Ahmad.”

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Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy)

Dr. Ahmad's mission is to treat decay before it can get too severe, but we know this isn't always possible. When decay reaches the nerve of your tooth and causes an infection, it's time for a root canal. We know root canals have a bad reputation of being painful and unpleasant. However, with modern dental technology, this is no longer true. At our Herndon dental office, we can offer you gentle, effective root canal treatment to ease the pain of an abscess.

Why Are Root Canals Necessary?

When decay is left untreated, it will make its way deeper into your tooth, past the hard enamel and into the soft pulp at the center of your tooth. The sensitive nerves of your teeth are housed in the pulp, and when it becomes infected, this is called an abscess. Abscessed teeth are often extremely painful and sensitive, and a root canal may be our best optoin to save the tooth.

Root canals allow the dentist to clean out the infection and remove the damaged nerve, eliminating the pain. They also prevent further infection to this now-vulnerable area by sealing up the canals that contained the nerves, removing any pockets where bacteria might collect and cause problems later.

What Can I Expect during My Root Canal?

When you arrive for your root canal appointment, we will first numb the area so you won't feel any pain. Herndon dentist Dr. Ahmad will then use a dental drill to remove the exterior decay and open a channel to the nerves. The nerves and pulp are removed and the area is cleaned using a series of long, thin files that leave the canals smooth to help eliminate the risk of future decay.

Once the nerves are removed, the empty canals are disinfected and then filled with a rubbery material called gutta percha. The gutta percha is heated to soften it and ensure all of the space within the canals is sealed. The completed root canal is usually covered with a temporary crown until a permanent crown can be made to keep the area clean and undamaged.

The area may still be sore for a few days after your root canal. Most patients find over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen is sufficient to treat any lingering soreness. If the pain doesn't go away after a few days or gets worse, contact our office for a follow-up appointment.

Do I Have to Get a Crown after a Root Canal?

In most cases, yes. By the time decay has reached the pulp of the tooth, it is usually too large to be treated with a filling. Root canals can also make the tooth more brittle and prone to cracking. A dental crown will strengthen the treated tooth and keep it strong and healthy.

Call Today for an Appointment

If you've been suffering with an abscessed tooth due to fear of the dreaded root canal, you don't have to be afraid! Call our office today to schedule an appointment and find out just how easy modern root canal treatment really is.
 

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