Lawrence Kotler DDS, M.S.

Endodontic & Root Canal Specialist in Alexandria, VA
Set your root canal anxieties aside with endodontic specialist Lawrence Kotler, D.D.S., M.S., in Alexandria, Virginia.

He is a board-certified endodontist with more than 40 years of experience. He is an expert in the field of root canals and root canal surgeries. Dr. Kotler can provide oral sedation during dental work to ease the nerves of patients and make for a more comfortable, overall experience. Using Digital Radiography, Conebeam CT Diagnostics and using a surgical microscope, Dr. Kotler provides advanced diagnosis and modern endodontic treatment.

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[03/17/16]   Did you know there are two basic parts to each tooth? The crown is that portion above the gum line that you brush and floss. The roots extend below the gums and are actually attached to the jawbone. Pulp is soft tissue that keeps your teeth healthy and is located in both the crown and the root.

[03/15/16]   How will I know if I have a cracked tooth? The symptoms associated with cracked teeth include pain while chewing, though it may not be continuous, and it may be difficult to identify exactly which tooth is producing the pain. A cracked tooth often is sensitive to heat and cold.

[03/10/16]   How can my tooth become damaged or infected in the first place? If your teeth experience any trauma (cracks, chips, etc.) or are not taken care of properly, decay can form and cause severe damage to your teeth.

[03/08/16]   Will you need to take time off work after your endodontic procedure? In many cases, no. The treatment itself is performed under local anesthesia. Often, any pain you feel after the fact can be eased with over-the-counter analgesics. Ask your endodontist about what to expect post-procedure.

[03/03/16]   Do you brush your teeth regularly? It’s important to remember that juice or drinks with too much sugar in them will cause cavities, even if they have electrolytes (like Gatorade). Brushing your teeth after consuming these types of beverages is always a good idea.

[03/01/16]   Do you ever drink green tea? It’s said that this is a great preventive medicine, because it contains the type of bioflavonoids that can help fight off both gum disease and tooth decay.

[02/25/16]   Endodontic treatments have proven to be highly effective in saving natural teeth. In fact, most experts cite up to a 95 percent success rate for in-office treatments.

[02/23/16]   Were you told you have a cavity? You should get it fixed as soon as possible. Once you have a full-blown cavity, it can’t be reversed, but can create discomfort, so it’s best to get it treated immediately.

[02/18/16]   Did you know that there won’t always be symptoms of pain or discomfort to let your know there’s a problem with a tooth’s pulp? This makes having regular dental exams an absolute necessity.

[02/16/16]   Are your teeth extremely sensitive to cold? They could become hypersensitive to cold because of bruxism, which is repeated trauma to the mouth that could result from contact sports.

[02/11/16]   Root canals are sometimes required when the root of your tooth is infected or damaged. During the root canal, your endodontist will remove the nerve and pulp of the root, then thoroughly clean and seal the resulting space.

[02/09/16]   While it’s natural to experience some tenderness after having a root canal, the site shouldn’t be overly tender or extremely painful. If this occurs, be sure to contact our office right away.

[02/04/16]   An apicoectomy is different than a root canal, and is performed in rare cases when a root canal doesn’t completely address a problem. In this procedure, which requires a dental microscope, your endodontist removes the root tip from your tooth and fills the space.

[02/02/16]   My teeth really hurt, but I do not see anything wrong with them. What should I do? The pulp, or tissue and cells inside of your teeth, may have been damaged. If you don’t see an issue but are in pain, consult a dental professional immediately.

[01/28/16]   When treating an inflamed or infected pulp, we first make an opening in the tooth’s crown. We then use small instruments to clean the pulp from the chamber and root canals. Finally, we shape the canal and prepare it for filling.

[01/26/16]   If you are prescribed pain medications following your root canal treatment, make sure you fill your prescription immediately, and take the medication according to your dentist’s instructions. In case of infection, you may also be prescribed an antibiotic.

[01/21/16]   Calcium deposits within a tooth’s root can be a problem and often make the root canal too narrow for the small instruments used in non-surgical root canal treatment, so that reaching the end of the root is impossible. When this occurs, an endotontist may be called upon to surgically clean and seal the root canal.

[01/19/16]   It’s important to remember you aren’t magically cured just because the pain in your mouth goes away. There could still be deep decay spreading to other healthy teeth in your mouth.

[01/14/16]   Often a badly injured or broken tooth can be saved by an endodontist via root canal treatment. From a dental perspective, this is the ideal and best solution, especially when compared to tooth replacement.

[01/12/16]   Endodontic surgery is often used to locate hidden canals and locate small fractures that were not revealed by x-rays or during a prior treatment. An endodontist can also perform surgery to remove stubborn calcium deposits located deep within root canals and safely treat damaged root surfaces.

[01/07/16]   Root canals are common procedures. The American Association of Endodontics estimates that, each day, about 41,000 root canals are performed.

[01/05/16]   A root canal procedure removes what dentists call “dental pulp.” What exactly is dental pulp? It is the soft tissue that resides in the center of the tooth below your gum line. It contains the tooth’s nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue.

[12/31/15]   Do you grind or clench your teeth? This can create problems, so try to pay attention to the symptoms of grinding or clenching, and discontinue as soon as you catch yourself doing it to break the habit.

[12/29/15]   Are you debating a root canal procedure versus an extraction and dental implant? While the treatments have a similar high success rate, root canals take much less time and cause much less discomfort. Dental implants generally require more follow-up treatments as well.

[12/24/15]   One of the most important steps in a root canal is the cleaning and shaping of the canal area for filling. It is usually filled with a substance called gutta-percha, a biocompatible rubberlike material.

[12/22/15]   Do you know why you need a crown placed on your tooth after a root canal? Because a tooth that needs a root canal has often suffered decay or other issues that cause the tooth to weaken; a crown is needed to help restore and protect the tooth.

[12/17/15]   So what causes a person to need retreatment, or a second endodontic procedure? This can be connected to trauma or a broken crown, but it can also be caused by new decay that exposes the root canal filling material to bacteria, causing a new infection.

[12/15/15]   So what exactly does a root canal entail? Here, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth carefully cleaned and disinfected. We will then fill and seal the tooth with a rubberlike material and add a crown or filling for protection.

[12/10/15]   If you have a diseased or injured tooth, chances are that your tooth can be saved through endodontic treatment. We will help you assess your treatment options to determine the best course of action for you.

[12/08/15]   Are you concerned that you’re being referred for needless dental surgery? Rest assured that we’ll always inspect the condition of your roots to ensure you only get a root canal when there’s no other option.

[12/03/15]   When you need a root canal on a tooth that shows when you smile or talk, you may worry about whether the crown will be obvious. In most cases, we’re able to create a very close match to the color and natural shape of your teeth.

[12/01/15]   Can you prevent a root canal? Not really, but you can help prevent the conditions that cause the decay that leads to the need for one. Brush at least twice daily, floss regularly and see your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings.

[11/26/15]   A chipped or cracked tooth poses danger to your teeth because chewing can cause the pulp inside your teeth – which contains the blood vessels and nerves – to become inflamed. If the pulp dies, you then either need a root canal or a dental implant.

[11/24/15]   Has your endodontist recommended an apicoectomy? This procedure is not uncommon and is required when infection remains in the area around your tooth after a root canal. Your endodontist will find any inflamed areas or infected tissue inside the gum and remove them.



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3543 W Braddock Rd, Ste E1
Alexandria, VA

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Tuesday 07:00 - 15:30
Wednesday 07:00 - 15:30
Thursday 07:00 - 15:30
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