Dr. Brent Moses performs root canals in our family friendly dentist office in Chesapeake, VA. Root canals have a success rate of 95% and allow people to preserve their natural teeth. The term root canal refers to the interior of a tooth where the pulp and nerves are located. A root canal procedure is needed when a tooth is significantly damaged or has decay that extends into the pulp chamber.
Dr. Moses may recommend a root canal to restore health to a damaged or diseased tooth. A root canal serves to preserve the natural tooth and avoid tooth extraction, supporting lasting dental health. Root canals can effectively remove tooth decay without compromising the integrity of the jaw or bite. Root canals are a relatively painless procedure that can be completed in one or more visits to our Chesapeake, VA dentist office.
Root Canal Procedure
The Bayside Implant & General Dentistry team will work with our patients to ensure their optimal comfort during treatment. We believe that patient education can help relax patients and allow them to feel more confident in their oral health decisions.
With the use of local anesthetic, the infected tooth and the surrounding area will be numbed for optimal comfort. The procedure is generally similar to a tooth extraction and patients are surprised at how comfortable they are.
Once the patient is comfortable and numb, Chesapeake, VA dentist, Dr. Moses will make a small hole in the back side of the tooth. Then, the infected pulp will be scraped out of the interior of the tooth. The tooth is then cleaned and filled with gutta percha, a biocompatible rubber compound used to stabilize the structure of the tooth.
For some patients, Dr. Moses may recommend a dental crown. The dental crown will be custom designed to blend seamlessly with your natural smile. The crown helps to support the tooth and prevent further decay or damage.
While root canals have a painful reputation, most patients actually experience pain caused by the infection, not the root canal procedure. Many patients even enjoy pain relief after the infection is removed, cleaned and sealed.
In some cases, a patients tooth is too damaged to rehabilitate with root canal therapy and a tooth extraction is required. Dr. Moses will perform the tooth extraction and provide treatment to replace the missing tooth. Replacement options may include a dental bridge or dental implant.
Schedule an Appointment
Bayside Implant & General Dentistry offers root canals in our Chesapeake, VA and Virginia Beach dentist office. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Moses to learn about finding relief from your painful tooth infection.