Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the inner nerve, or pulp, of a tooth becomes affected by decay or infection. When this happens, the tooth may become extremely sensitive to both pressure and temperature, and intense pain can be expected. In the initial stages of decay and infection, it is possible that no symptoms would be present. However, in the advanced stages of decay and infection an abscess (pimple-like inflammation on the gums) may form.
When the dental pulp is infected or decayed, Dr. Sweeney and Dr. Utterback may recommend a root canal in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The reasons our dentists will recommend root canal therapy include the following:
- Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth)
- Development of infection or abscess inside the tooth or at the root tip
- Trauma or injury to the tooth
During root canal therapy, our dentists will remove the infected pulp, bacteria, and debris from your tooth. The tooth will then be filled and sealed. In some cases, a dental crown may be required to support the tooth.
Feel free to contact Sweeney Utterback Dentistry today to learn more and to schedule your next visit with our dentists.