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Root Canal Specialist

Chesapeake Family and Implant Dentistry

Harry W Squire, D.D.S.

General Dentistry & Cosmetic and Family Dentist located in Chesapeake, VA

You might be nervous to find out you need a root canal, but don’t worry — root canal therapy isn’t painful. It’s the treatment that finally puts an end to your tooth pain. Harry Squire, DDS, and the team at Chesapeake Family and Implant Dentistry offer tooth-saving root canals to patients of all ages in Chesapeake, Virginia, and the surrounding area. Call the office or book your appointment online today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal — also known as root canal therapy or endodontic treatment — is a specialized restorative treatment that addresses infection and inflammation within a tooth’s soft, pulpy interior. All root canals have two main goals: to save your tooth and end your pain.

Why might I need a root canal?

The factors that increase your chances of developing tooth decay and cavities are the same ones that boost your risk of eventually needing a root canal. 

Simply put, decay can cause a cavity that, left untreated, can lead to deep decay and a painful infection (abscess) inside your tooth’s soft pulp tissue. 

Dental trauma and structural issues can also lead to a root canal. Teeth that have been chipped, cracked, or weakened by multiple dental procedures are more likely to need root canals than healthy, undamaged teeth. 

What are the signs of a tooth abscess?

Without root canal therapy, deep decay and infection can eventually lead to tooth loss. With that in mind, it's important to know what a tooth abscess feels like. The most common signs of a deep tooth infection are:

  • Intense, throbbing, or radiating tooth pain
  • Persistent tooth sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Tooth pain or tenderness while chewing
  • Swollen gums that are tender to the touch
  • Tender, swollen lymph nodes in the neck

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, call Chesapeake Family and Implant Dentistry for an emergency dental appointment with Dr. Squire as soon as possible. 

How is a root canal done?

Having a root canal is a lot like getting a cavity filled, but the process is slightly more complex. As with a cavity treatment, root canal therapy begins with a local anesthetic to keep the area comfortably numb.

Dr. Squire then makes a small opening on the bite surface of your tooth and carefully removes the infected inner pulp tissue. Once the root canal chamber is clear, he cleans it, shapes it, fills the empty space, and seals it closed. 

Are root canals painful?

It’s a common misconception that root canals are one of the most painful dental treatments you can undergo. On the contrary, local anesthetics help ensure optimal comfort during the procedure. Once it’s complete, your initial source of pain is finally gone. 

To learn more about root canal therapy at Chesapeake Family and Implant Dentistry, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.