When you have severe damage to the inner portion of a tooth, you might need to have a root canal done. This procedure gets rid of the damaged part and replaces it with a filling and sealer. Our dental team provides root canals for adults and children in Woodbridge, Virginia.
When you need a root canal, you have an infection or damage that’s reached the inner part of your tooth. This part, known as the pulp, contains nerves that can cause you to feel pain when it’s damaged or infected. You’re most likely to need a root canal if this part of your tooth has damage that can’t be reversed. When you have a root canal, our dental team will remove the pulp from your tooth’s root canal system and fill these areas with a synthetic filling and sealer.
Your dentist at Dr. Robert C. Dost & Associates might recommend a root canal if you have severe tooth sensitivity to heat and cold. You might also need a root canal if you feel pain when you bite down on food or chew it. If you have soreness or pain in the affected tooth, this might also indicate that you have damage to the pulp. If you have pain and other symptoms that are severe enough to interfere with eating and sleeping, that usually means your pulp’s been severely damaged.
Severely damaged teeth are sometimes removed through an extraction, but that can cause other dental problems. If a root canal is an option for you, it’s generally better to have this done instead of a tooth extraction. Having a root canal also means you get to keep your natural tooth instead of having to replace it.