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Root Canal Service In Midlothian, VA

Sometimes a toothache reminds us that teeth aren't just those white hard things in our mouths that we need to brush twice a day. When the inner part of the tooth, called the nerve or pulp, becomes infected, the tooth can become sensitive to heat or cold, or painful. 

   

The gum tissue around it may also become swollen. Other causes of infection or inflammation of the pulp include repeated dental procedures, chronic clenching and grinding, and trauma.

If you're experiencing any kind of tooth pain, it's important to call your dentist straight away because it's a signal that something isn't right. Sometimes a significant infection may also develop without any symptoms at all, which is why it is essential to have your regular dental checkups at least twice a year.

When is the root canal treatment necessary?

A root canal treatment is typically needed when your doctor determines that there is significant damage to the nerve and roots of your tooth. There are multiple reasons for this to happen, including severe tooth decay and injury. Root canals remove the infected tissue and restore the tooth to health to prevent an extraction.

The extent of the procedure typically depends on how damaged the tooth is. Our dentists will carefully assess your tooth to determine if how extensive the damage is and what caused it. Sometimes you may need an x-ray for the doctor to determine the exact extent of damage and the best course of action.

   

But Are They Safe?

Even though root canals traditionally have a reputation of being painful, we can assure you that you will be as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.

At J Han Dental Design, we use modern techniques and anesthetics to remove the inflamed nerve inside the tooth gently. Your doctor will disinfect the nerve canal and fill the internal space with a sealer. They will then place a feeling or crown over the truth to restore its original function and look.

Root Canal Treatment FAQ

How long does the root canal treatment take?

Most single root canals take less than an hour, but you may expect the procedure to take approximately two hours if multiple canals are involved. The timing will depend on the extent of the damage and the reason that caused a root canal treatment in the first place.

What is the expected recovery process after a root canal treatment?

You may experience a minimal level of discomfort and swelling after your root canal appointment. This typically subsides within 24 hours, and your doctor may send you home with a prescription for medication that helps to reduce pain. In some cases, you will also get a prescription for antibiotics to avoid an infection. At the time of the appointment, we will also schedule a follow-up visit to make sure that everything is all right and your tooth is recovering as it should.

Are there any alternatives to root canal treatment?

The only alternative is to have the whole tooth extracted, but it is always a better course of action to try and save it. Root canal treatment is a routine procedure with a very high success rate, and saving the tooth can prevent lots of other dental issues from occurring later on. Missing teeth can lead to bite problems from teeth that are shifting position to loss of jawbone volume and intensity and difficulty eating.

How can I avoid the need for root canal treatment?

One of the best ways to avoid the need for road canal treatment is to keep your teeth decay-free by practicing good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss every day to keep them in tip-top condition. You should also try to eat a healthy diet that is low in sugar and avoid acidic beverages, particularly sweet ones. Remember to have regular professional cleanings and checkouts at least twice a year. If you practice any contact sports, you should consider wearing a custom-made mouthguard to prevent your teeth from getting injured.

If you're experiencing any kind of pain, give us a call today to discuss your concerns. If a root canal is necessary, we'll take care to provide you with the best experience during your visit to our office.

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