At Williamsburg Center for Dental Health, Dr. Hall performs a variety of endodontic procedures including root canal therapy, endodontic retreatment surgery, as well as treating cracked teeth and dental trauma. A root canal is a significant dental procedure for the maintenance of your natural smile, allowing Dr. Hall to save a tooth from extraction. Our office can offer experienced and comprehensive care for your endodontic needs, helping to alleviate discomfort and restore oral health and wellness.
Endodontics: Specialized procedures for sensitive tissue
Endodontics is an area of dental specialty relating to the tooth pulp and the tissues surrounding the root of a tooth. If the pulp, which contains nerves, arterioles, venules, lymphatic tissues, and fibrous tissues, becomes diseased or injured, endodontic treatment is required to save the tooth.
Reasons for needing a root canal
There is a range of reasons and symptoms indicating the likelihood of needing a root canal. The most common include:
- Trauma to the tooth
- Changes in the appearance or coloring of a tooth, indicating an infection
- Increasing sensitivity to hot or cold
- Sudden or increasing pain in and around a tooth
- Changes in the gum line around a tooth or the appearance of an access
If you are concerned about your oral health or have noticed changes, it is best to call our office at your earliest convenience and schedule an appointment with Dr. Hall.
Root Canals: what to expect
A root canal often causes anxiety for patients, but the procedure performed today is less invasive and causes minimal discomfort. In fact, for most patients, the procedure takes away the pain and throbbing feeling they were experiencing due to the internal infection.
Treatment will begin by cleaning and numbing the area around the affected tooth. Once you are comfortable Dr. Hall will make a tiny hole in the back of the tooth. The inner pulp material and infected tissue are carefully removed, the interior chamber is cleaned and a biocompatible composite material is placed inside to stabilize the tooth. Dr. Hall will seal the area to complete the procedure. In most cases, we will recommend the placement of a dental crown to strengthen the tooth and support a long term result. This is typically done at a second appointment to allow the tooth and surrounding tissue to heal.
Why choose a root canal over extraction?
Although tooth extraction may seem the easiest way to resolve severe infection and pain if a root canal is possible it is always recommended over extraction. Keeping your natural tooth in place will maintain the structure of your bite and minimize impact to adjacent teeth. Extracting a tooth almost always creates the need for tooth replacement. This is an additional complex treatment that can take time to complete, depending on the treatment being used.
How long does a root canal take?
A root canal procedure is generally completed in about an hour, with a follow-up visit for the placement of a dental crown for most patients.
Are root canals covered by dental insurance?
In some cases, your dental insurance may cover a portion of the total treatment cost. Our front desk will work with you to determine if you have eligible benefits and provide information regarding your estimated costs.