If you’re experiencing pressure, throbbing, swelling around a tooth, sensitivity to temperature and touch, or pain in the tooth and gums, you may need a root canal. When the root of a tooth is infected, there is swelling and inflammation inside the tooth, which leads to constant and severe tooth pain. Swelling may also spread to your face or neck. You should begin an antibiotic at the onset of symptoms requiring a root canal, and make an appointment right away with our friendly Richmond dentists so we can diagnose and treat the problem.
A root canal (Endodontic Therapy) is a common dental treatment used to preserve your natural tooth by replacing infected material at the center of your tooth (which is called pulp) when the root becomes infected. During a root canal, the infected pulp is removed, the tooth is cleaned out, then re-filled with a permanent material to seal the tooth from future infection. Afterwards, the tooth is usually capped with a crown to seal it. That’s it! The tooth will now function just like any other tooth.
We won’t recommend any treatment unless it’s absolutely necessary, and we promise to make sure you have the most comfortable dental experience possible.