Root Canal An Overview
Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry offers root canals in our Virginia Beach dentist office. Dr. Cappy Sinclair 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, pain when eating hot or cold foods and 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 will coordinate your treatment plan with an endodontist.
While root canals have a painful reputation, most patients actually experience pain caused by the infection, not the actual root canal procedure. Many patients even enjoy pain relief after the infection is removed, cleaned and sealed. Most patients report that their root canal was no more uncomfortable than a dental filling.