Coastal Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry offers root canals 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. 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 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 the pulp. If the tooth is damaged or has decayed, bacteria and debris can enter 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 in Virginia Beach, VA
With the use of a local anesthetic, the infected tooth and the surrounding area will be numbed for optimal comfort during your treatment. 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 backside 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.
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.