Root Canal Therapy Treats Dental Discomfort

virginia beach root canalIf you have pain in your tooth, or discomfort when you eat, then you need treatment to avoid the risk of tooth loss. Your discomfort could be due to severe tooth decay or a dental infection. In today’s blog, your Virginia Beach, VA, dentist talks about the benefits of root canal therapy to treat your aching tooth.

The Dangers Behind Your Aching Tooth

When you have a persistent toothache, sensitivity when you eat or pain when chewing, or discomfort in your jaw and face, this could mean an infected tooth. Don’t ignore this pain, as you risk the infection spread to other teeth, or even the loss of a tooth. An infection occurs when harmful oral bacteria make contact with the pulp, the nerve center of your tooth. This could occur when a tooth is cracked or chipped, or even a cavity develops that isn’t treated and increases in severity. Our team can use an endodontic treatment known as a root canal to stop discomfort and save your tooth!

Steps to Prepare for Treatment

To begin, our team will carefully examine the tooth with digital x-rays, so we can assess the position and severity of the infection and plan treatment in detail. Digital x-rays use a fraction of the radiation, and images are available instantly chairside. Our team will also take steps to keep you comfortable, such as administering a local anesthesia to the area being treated. If you have dental anxiety or special needs, we can also use sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state throughout the procedure. We want to ensure your restorative treatment is a positive experience.

Root Canal Therapy

Once you’re comfortable, our team will begin the procedure by opening the tooth to access the interior. We then remove the tissues from within and clean the interior of your tooth thoroughly. Once we complete this step, our team will next add a special restorative material to the inside of your tooth, known as gutta percha. The last step is to cap the tooth with a crown, which protects the tooth from further decay or infection. Our team will custom-make your crown to ensure not only a balanced bite and long-lasting repair, but also a lifelike appearance that blends with your smile.

If you have any questions about how our team diagnoses and treats infections with a root canal procedure, then contact our team today. Now is a great time to see us for treatment and start your journey to a healthy, comfortable, and beautiful smile.

Talk to Our Team About Restorative Dentistry

To learn more about our endodontic treatments, give us a call at Absolute Dental Care in Virginia Beach, VA at (757) 428-7440 to schedule an appointment. We can repair and restore your smile, sometimes in as little as one visit.