If a tooth is too badly decayed to be treated with a dental filling, Drs. Sweeney and Utterback may recommend a root canal in Virginia Beach, Virginia. During this procedure, our dentists will remove the nerve and pulp from the inside of the tooth. The tooth is then cleaned and sealed.
Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?
The belief that root canal therapy is painful is a myth. Root canals are actually no more uncomfortable than having a dental filling placed.
Why Does Dental Pulp Need to Be Removed?
If the pulp or nerve tissue of a tooth is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begins to spread within the pulp chamber. This can cause several issues:
– An abscess, or a pus-filled pocket at the roots of the tooth
– Infection in the root canal
– Swelling that can spread to the face, neck, or head
– Bone loss around the tip of the tooth root
– Drainage problems extending from the root
What Damages the Dental Pulp?
The tooth nerve or root can become inflamed, irritated, or infected because of deep decay, large fillings, a chip or crack in the tooth, trauma to the face, or repeated dental procedures on a tooth.
How Can Root Canal Treatment Be Prevented?
As the nerve and pulp can become damaged because of deep decay, multiple procedures on a tooth, and large fillings, practicing good oral hygiene may reduce the need for root canal therapy. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting Sweeney Utterback Dentistry at least twice a year for professional cleanings and exams. Trauma caused by sports-related injuries can be reduced by wearing a mouth guard.
We welcome you to contact our dental office today to learn more about root canal treatment and to schedule your next appointment.