Root Canal Treatment in Danville, VA
Affordable Root Canal Therapy for a Seriously Infected Tooth
Tooth infections can be caused by fractures in your teeth. These fractures allow food to enter deep into the roots, leading to infection and cavities. These infections can also be caused by untreated tooth decay. A root canal may be performed to treat your infection.
Failure to brush or floss regularly
One of the most common causes of infections, and ultimately needing a root canal, is poor oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth eliminates the buildup of plaque which is the leading cause of tooth infections. Flossing is also important as it cleans the areas between the teeth that are hard to reach with brushing.
Irregular dental checkup
If you are not regular with your dental visits, there is a high chance that you don’t know about any of the underlying dental issues that you may have. With regular dental checkups, we can help detect problems early before they progress.
What are the Signs of an Infected Tooth?
These are symptoms that may indicate that you need a root canal.
- Severe toothache
- Extreme sensitivity toward hot or cold food
- Discoloration of the tooth ( in most cases darkening of the tooth)
- Cracked or chipped tooth
- Swollen or inflamed gums
Root Canal Process
After you schedule your root canal treatment appointment with us, here is what you can expect.
We will take a radiograph of the infected tooth for an in-depth detailing of the affected area. We will then place a dental dam over the affected area to keep it clean during the entire procedure.
Cleaning and filling of the root canal
After using anesthesia, an opening is made in the crown of the tooth. With the help of small instruments, the tooth is cleaned and shaped to make space for the root canal filling. Once the root canal is filled we seal the tooth with a temporary filling that is kept in place until your tooth is fully restored with a crown.
Restoring the tooth
In your final visit, we will place a crown on your tooth to make it fully functional. At this point we will check to make sure nothing more needs to be done.