There are two words that can strike fear into the stoutest of hearts: root canal. But at White & White in Midlothian VA, root canals are performed with the patient’s comfort uppermost in mind.
A root canal is a procedure that treats the inside of a tooth. It becomes necessary when a cavity infects a tooth’s interior, which can cause a whole lot of pain.
The technical word for a root canal is endodontic therapy. In short, it works like this: after an access hole is drilled in the surface of the infected tooth, the damaged interior, or pulp, is removed. What remains is thoroughly cleaned, filled, and sealed. A crown is placed over the whole thing to protect it, and provide a natural-looking appearance.
No one likes going to the dentist to begin with, and root canals have the reputation of being painful. We have sedation dentistry for those who need it, including IV sedation. It won’t put you completely to sleep, but will make you feel much more at ease. (You’ll need a ride home afterward.)