Konikoff Dental Associates Volvo Parkway
1533 Volvo Parkway, Suite 100, Chesapeake, VA 23320
Root canals are procedures where a dentist removes any damaged soft pulp, including the nerves, from inside your tooth. Our dentist performs root canals when the pulp is infected or tooth decay has spread to the pulp, causing you severe pain. Dentists also suggest root canals if trauma, such as an accident that severely fractured a tooth, reached the pulp.
Our dentist will suggest the procedure when there is no other way to save your tooth, but as a last resort before extraction. Signs that you may need a root canal include:
Our general dentist can perform most root canals. However, if the procedure is complicated, he or she may refer you to a local endodontist, which specializes in treating diseases on the inside of a tooth. Please call our office to schedule an appointment for an examination.
An uncomplicated version of the procedure goes like this:
The cost depends on which tooth needs the procedure and how damaged the tooth is; our dentist can provide you with an estimate after an examination. If you have dental insurance, it may cover part of the cost. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment with our root canal dentist.
In addition to conventional root canals, there are pediatric pulpotomies, which leaves much of the pulp intact in a child’s baby tooth. It’s better to leave the baby tooth in until it falls out naturally, as it preserves that space. Apicoectomies involve removing and sealing a tiny portion of the tooth’s root. An apicoectomy procedure is usually done after a persistent infection develops after one root canal procedure has already been performed.
Contrary to popular belief, root canals are not painful; instead, the procedure relieves severe pain. Our dentist will not proceed unless he or she is certain that the area is numb. After the procedure, you may feel minor pain for several days. You’ll go home with aftercare instructions and suggestions for OTC pain relievers to manage the pain. Contact our office today to arrange an appointment with our dentist. If you are in severe pain, let us know that you need the first available appointment.