Root Canal Therapy
Many people cringe at the thought of undergoing a root canal because they think it will be painful. All of us here at Williamsburg Smile Design want to put your mind at ease.
Root canal therapy does not need to be painful. In fact, this treatment can actually relieve your discomfort, eliminate the infection inside your tooth, and save it from extraction.
We use the latest dental technology to ensure that root canal therapy is quick and comfortable when our patients need this procedure.
What Is a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is utilized to remove infected or damaged portions of the tooth. When decay has reached the inner pulp of the tooth or a severe crack has damaged the interior, root canal therapy is used to preserve the tooth.
Any infected tissue inside the tooth is removed along with the nerve then repacked with material to keep the root sterile and free of infection. After the tooth has had time to heal, a crown is put over it to ensure that it is as strong as it was before. In some cases, we can do this all in one day, using our one visit crowns.
When Do I Need a Root Canal?
There are a few circumstances that may require a root canal, such as:
- Your tooth has deep decay that has reached the nerve and is causing a toothache.
- You notice darkening of the color of your tooth.
- Your gums are swollen and tender around the affected tooth.
- You are experiencing sensitivity to hot or cold that doesn’t go away.
- You feel intense pain when biting or with pressure.
- You have a pimple on your gums that doesn’t go away or is recurring.
It is important to recognize that in some cases, there are no symptoms. We may identify a developing infection during a routine examination, which is one of the reasons why regular check-ups are so important.
If your tooth is abscessed or infected, it can be painful. Once the infection reaches the interior of the tooth, it can put pressure on the nerve, causing a throbbing and constant pain.
Root canals are used to relieve this pain and eliminate the infection, and our team ensures that the procedure is pain free by using DentalVibe painless injections and electric hand tools that are quieter and allow us to perform the procedure more quickly and comfortably for you.
You will be able to relax and watch a show on Netflix while our dentist and assistant take care of your tooth.
If you have a painful tooth or you have been advised that you need a root canal, come see us at Williamsburg Smile Design. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment. We will ensure you are comfortable and relaxed while we repair your tooth, sometimes in as little as one office visit.