Root Canals

Easy Dental Care

Pediatric Dentists & Family Dentists located in Gainesville, VA

If you’re bothered by pain from an infected or broken tooth, root canal therapy may be able to save your tooth and restore its health. At Easy Dental Care in Gainesville, Virginia, Zuwena Abraham, DDS, offers root canal therapies for both pediatric and adult patients. She can determine if a root canal is the most effective treatment to save your natural tooth and protect your oral health. Schedule an appointment online or by phone to learn more about the benefits of a root canal.

Root Canals

Easy Dental Care

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a therapeutic treatment that can repair a damaged tooth, helping you to avoid extraction. The procedure is most useful if you develop an infection from a cracked or broken tooth, or if you develop a deep cavity.

Dr. Abraham offers root canal services for both anterior teeth and premolars in children and permanent teeth in adults.

Indications you may need a root canal include:

  • Swollen, painful gums
  • Discolored or darkened tooth
  • Severe tooth pain when chewing
  • Increased tooth sensitivity to hot and cold

The goal of a root canal is to remove the tooth pulp and nerves to eliminate pain. Dr. Abraham also thoroughly cleans out the area to remove bacteria and prevent further infection.

 

What can I expect during a root canal?

To keep you comfortable during the procedure, Dr. Abraham provides a local anesthetic to numb the area. She makes an opening in the crown of the tooth to remove the pulp and nerves.

After the removal, Dr. Abraham cleans the area before placing a permanent filling or a crown on the affected tooth.

In some cases, you may need several visits to complete a root canal. In these situations, Dr. Abraham places a temporary filling in your tooth, which she'll remove to re-clean the canal of the tooth before permanently filling it or adding a crown.

 

Why should I consider a root canal?

A root canal is highly effective at saving your natural teeth. An infected or damaged tooth may otherwise need to be pulled. If identified and treated with a root canal, a damaged tooth can be kept and returned to a healthy, stable state.

If left untreated, an infected tooth can become a serious medical issue if the infection spreads to other parts of your body.

Drs. Abraham can determine if a root canal is right for you after a thorough evaluation of your oral health and the severity of the infection or damage. She may take dental X-rays to get a better look at the infection or damage to determine if a root canal can help save the tooth or if they will need to extract it.

If you suspect you have an infected tooth, don’t delay treatment. Schedule a consultation today at Easy Dental Care by phone or using the online booking system.