Root Canal Therapy in Virginia Beach, VA
Your teeth have three important layers: a protective layer of enamel on the outside, a secondary layer of sensitive dentin underneath, and the inner pulp that makes up the tooth’s nerve. Most oral health issues concern the outer layer of enamel. There are times, though, when advanced care for the inner pulp is needed with root canal therapy.
A root canal may be necessary when a tooth’s nerve has been damaged by a deep cavity, a tooth fracture, or an injury. Any of these can cause an infection to develop. To prevent the tooth from developing an abscess, Dr. Morgan will perform a root canal to remove the tooth’s infected nerve. Once removed, the tooth will be cleaned, filled, and sealed to prevent any further problems.
The number one question on the minds of most patients when they hear they need a root canal is, “Will my root canal hurt?”
The good news is that, with today’s advanced techniques and tools, it doesn’t have to. Using her years of experience and training, in combination with contemporary tools, Dr. Morgan is dedicated to providing root canal therapy that’s as comfortable as possible. What’s more, a root canal can often be completed in just a single visit.
Some patients will experience post-procedural soreness or inflammation, but this can be treated with over-the-counter medications like Tylenol, Advil, or any other brand you prefer. Caring for your smile afterwards will involve regular brushing and flossing at home combined with regular visits to Dr. Morgan’s Virginia Beach dental office.
Are you worried that you might need a root canal? Dr. Morgan can help. Through a careful assessment of your oral health, she will help you understand your needs, no matter what they might be. If you do need root canal therapy, she would be happy to explain in greater detail how the procedure will work. She will also explain what you can do to prepare for your appointment, in addition to answering any questions you might have.
Treating decayed or damaged teeth is important. When infection isn’t treated, an abscess can develop, resulting in a variety of painful symptoms, including:
- Swelling in the face, neck or head
- Bone loss
- Drainage from the tooth into the gums or skin
Don’t put off essential care. A root canal can help you save your tooth and improve both your oral health and your overall well being.