Root Canal An Overview
Coastal Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry offers root canals in our Virginia Beach dentist office. Dr. Cappy Sinclair or Dr. Mark Reichley may recommend a root canal to restore health to a damaged or diseased tooth. 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. Due to advancements in dentistry, the root canal process has become less painful and intrusive. Root canals can often be completed in just a single visit to our dentist office.
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.
The term “root canal” actually refers to the natural cavity at the center of the tooth. The tooth’s nerve is located inside the root canal, surrounded by soft tissue called pulp. If the tooth is damaged or has decay, bacteria and debris can enter into the root canal area and cause an infection.
In most cases, it is more beneficial to save the natural tooth via root canal therapy than have the tooth extracted. The procedure is relatively simple and typically completed in our Virginia Beach office. When a specialist is needed, Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley will coordinate your treatment plan with an endodontist.
Root Canal What to Expect
With the use of local anesthetic, the infected tooth and the surrounding area will be numbed for optimal comfort by Dr. Sinclairor Dr. Reichley. The procedure is generally similar to a dental filling and patients are surprised at how comfortable they are.
Once the patient is comfortable and numb, a small hole in the back side of the tooth will be made to access the tooth chamber. Using special tools, the infected pulp will be scraped out of the interior of the tooth. The tooth is then cleaned and filled with a composite material called gutta percha to stabilize the structure of the tooth.
To strengthen the tooth after root canal therapy, we often recommend the placement of a dental crown to help support the structure of your tooth. Usually, the tooth is temporarily sealed with a filling while a dental crown is being fabricated. Custom fit and color matched to your natural teeth, a dental crown fits around the tooth like a cap and will support the long term health of your tooth. We have CAD/CAM technology in our office, so it may be the case that your dental crown can be made while you wait and placed in the same visit.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are suffering from tooth pain and extreme discomfort, contact our Virginia Beach dentist 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) 453-7657 today. You can also request an appointment online. We will do a comprehensive analysis to to determine if you need a root canal.