Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy in Glen Allen

Tooth decay is a common dental issue for many patients. But if they neglect to see the dentist, the decay can become more severe. Root canal treatments in Glen Allen are provided by Dr. Zelazny of Zelazny Family Dentistry to save patients teeth from major decay and infection. Although known to be a thorough and maybe uncomfortable procedure, root canal therapy actually removes the source of pain and discomfort while restoring the function and structure of your tooth. 

Causes and Benefits of a Root Canal Treatment

When a tooth is decayed, it means that the dental pulp which keeps the tooth alive has been infected by bacteria that accessed the dental chamber through broken down enamel. Once decayed, the pulp can cause major discomfort. If it reaches to the roots and outside of the tooth and into the jawbone and gums, this may lead to necessary extraction. 

Root canal treatments are a way to protect the surrounding teeth from infection and to save the tooth from extraction. Once the infected dental pulp and abscess or pus buildup at the root of the tooth is removed, patients’ teeth are healthy and pain-free. It is important to see our Glen Allen dentist if you have a cracked tooth, deep cavity, or an injury to a tooth as they are the common causes of pulp damage. With proper care, good oral hygiene, and regular dental exams, root canal treated, and crowned teeth can last a lifetime.

What to Expect from Your Endodontic Care at Zelazny Family Dentistry 

Dr. Zelazny beings root canal therapy with an examination and x-ray of the decayed tooth. Once it is determined root canal treatment is the best option, local anesthesia is applied to the areas around and to the affected tooth. He then enters the dental chamber through the top of the tooth to remove the decayed dental pulp and root canals. This cleaning process is thorough and once completed the area is shaped in preparation for the filling, a biocompatible material called gutta percha which seals the chamber and protect the root canals from being infected again. 

Root canal treatments may take multiple visits if needed. A temporary filling is placed in order to protect the tooth between visits. Your final visit will include a custom crown that protects the tooth and restores the structure and natural appearance. 

Treat Dental Pain and Major Tooth Decay with Root Canal Treatment in Glen Allen

Comfort, function, and aesthetics are some of the few benefits of a completed root canal treatment. For more information on tooth decay and whether you need a root canal, contact Zelazny Family Dentistry today.