Coastal Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry provides root canals to our patients in our Virginia Beach dental office. Dr. Cappy Sinclair or Dr. Mark Reichley may recommend a root canal to restore health to a damaged or diseased tooth. Our dentists can complete a root canal procedure in just a single visit.
A root canal serves to preserve the natural tooth and avoid tooth extraction, supporting lasting dental health. Root canals can effectively remove tooth decay without compromising the integrity of the jaw or bite as well. Due to advancements in dentistry, the root canal process has become less painful and intrusive.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal Treatment?
The term “root canal” actually refers to the natural cavity at the center of the tooth. The tooth’s nerve is inside the root canal, surrounded by soft tissue called the pulp. If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, bacteria and debris can enter the root canal area and cause an infection. As the tooth cavity gets larger, you may experience symptoms such as toothache, tooth sensitivity from hot or cold foods, pain when eating and drinking beverages, visible holes in teeth, or pus around the tooth and gums.
In most cases, it is more beneficial to save the natural tooth via root canal therapy than completely remove the tooth. The procedure is relatively simple. If your case is severe, Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley will coordinate your treatment plan with an Endodontist.
The Root Canal Procedure in Virginia Beach, VA
To begin the procedure, our dentist will need to numb your mouth. With the use of a local anesthetic, he will numb the infected tooth and the surrounding area for optimal comfort during your treatment. The procedure is generally similar to a dental filling, and patients quickly learn how comfortable and quick it is.
Once the patient is comfortable and numb, our dentist will make a small hole in the backside of the tooth to access the tooth chamber. Using special tools, the dentist will clean out infected pulp from the interior of the tooth. Then, he will clean the tooth and fill it using a composite material we call gutta-percha. The composite will strengthen the structure of the tooth.
To further strengthen the tooth after root canal therapy, we often place a dental crown to protect it and bring it back to its full function. Sometimes the dentist can not place a crown in the same day, so they may seal it using a filling while we fabricate the dental crown.
The dental crown is a custom-fit for your tooth only. It will also precisely match the color of your tooth. The dental crown will support the long-term health of your tooth.
Root Canal FAQs
Is a root canal procedure painful?
No. While root canals have a painful reputation, most patients actually experience pain caused by the infection, not the actual root canal procedure. Many patients enjoy pain relief after the infection is removed, cleaned, and sealed. Patients report that their root canal procedure was no more uncomfortable than a dental filling.
Should I get a root canal or have my tooth extracted?
We will always recommend that you keep your natural teeth if possible. In most cases, your natural teeth can be saved with restorative procedures. Nothing beats the protection, structural bone support, and function of natural teeth. This is why we recommend procedures like a root canal to save your mouth from other issues that missing teeth can cause.
Is a crown necessary after a root canal?
The answer depends on which tooth is treated. If your molars or premolars are affected, you will need a crown to protect the tooth. Front teeth, canines, and incisors may not need a dental crown. You create a greater opportunity for tooth sensitivity, tooth damage, and further infection without a crown in place after a root canal.
How long does it take for a root canal to feel normal?
In most cases, patients feel better from a root canal procedure after 2-3 days. It will take a week or two to fully adjust, but you may resume regular activities and work after a day or two.
Does a root canal need multiple visits?
Many patients need two appointments to complete a root canal. The first appointment is typically when the dentist creates an opening in the tooth’s crown to clean and disinfect the canal to get rid of any infection. The second appointment will be to place a dental crown for added protection.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Root Canal Consultation Today
If you are suffering from tooth pain and extreme discomfort, contact our Virginia Beach dental office. Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley may recommend a tooth filling or a root canal, depending on the level of decay.
Call Coastal Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry at 757-656-6368 today. You can also request an appointment online. We will do a comprehensive analysis to determine if you need a root canal.