Root Canal Therapy For A Toothache in Midlothian VA
of White and White
Got a bad toothache? You may require root canal therapy, or endodontics treatment, when the nerve of your tooth becomes infected by decay or has been so subjected to traumatic pressure. At White & White near Richmond and Bon Air, we offer effective root canals, dental crowns, fillings and other services in a relaxed environment.
#1 in Patient Comfort
Utilizing the latest in dental technology, we offer precision root canals in a sterile environment. But this doesn’t mean we run things like a laboratory! Patient comforts are a high priority. We help even anxious patients relax and receive the dental care they need in a relaxed, unpretentious environment. Warm towels, eye shields, iPods, and DVDs are standard comforts at White & White. So come on in, cozy up under our warm blankets, and we’ll get in a video for you. We also offer sedation dentistry services.
What’s a Root Canal?
A root canal involves removing the living tissue inside the tooth before the tooth dies, thus preserving the life of your tooth. Pulp, nerves, bacteria and any decay must be replaced with special medicated dental materials. You might believe that removing a defective tooth would be a better solution than a root canal, but experience has shown us that extraction is generally more costly in the long run, besides causing significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Don’t I need the Root Intact?
Ironically, once the tooth has emerged through the gums, its nerve is not vitally important to its health and function. In fact, the presence or lack of a nerve does not affect the tooth’s day-to-day functioning in any way. Its only purpose, apparently, is to help the tooth sense hot or cold. After root canal therapy, and once any required restorative dentistry services have been performed, your tooth will continue to function just like normal.
Avoiding Serious Infections
Severe root canal infections occur when a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity and bacteria enters sensitive pulp tissue. If left untreated, root canal infections may evolve into an abscess, an even more painful and dangerous infection. If you do not remove the infected tissue, toothache pain and swelling increase, injuring your jawbones and otherwise affecting your overall health. Worse yet, without a root canal treatment, your tooth may have to be removed. Ouch.
Signs of Infected Teeth
Surprisingly, infected teeth requiring endodontic therapy are not always painful.
Signs you may need a root canal include:
- Severe toothache
- Pain while chewing or applying pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity or pain in response to hot and cold temperatures
- A dark discoloration of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the gums
If you experience any of these symptoms, call us immediately for an endodontic consultation.
Root Canal Treatment Process
Generally, endodontic therapy involves one to three visits at our Midlothian, VA practice. During treatment, we remove the affected tissue, clean and seal the interior of the tooth and fill the space with dental composite filler. If your tooth has extensive decay, we may suggest placing a crown on the tooth to strengthen and protect it from breaking. This will protect the tooth for years to come. Root canal care is highly successful. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
Sedation for Root Canals
As in all our dental care at White & White, we specialize in providing safe, effective and gentle procedures, including sedation to help you through the root canal therapy process, if necessary. Our office was listed in Richmond Magazine as one of the area’s best sedation dentists! Please feel free to learn more about our in-depth sedation services on our sedation website.
Don’t wait until your toothache gets worse. If you have any concerns or questions about our root canal therapy or the sedation services we offer at White & White in Midlothian, VA. We are glad to help patients in need who are in the Richmond area, including Bon Air!