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If you have a tooth bothering you for a while, you may need a root canal treatment. Massanutten Dental in Harrisonburg, VA, offers root canals to help restore your oral health.

Give our office a call at 540-908-4846 to schedule an appointment with our dentist.

What is a root canal procedure?

Root canals are a standard dental procedure that many people get. Root canal treatments treat an infection in the tooth’s pulp. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels. If the pulp becomes infected from tooth decay, it can cause pain, swelling, and even tooth loss. A root canal clears out the infected pulp and clears away any bacteria or debris inside the tooth. It is then sealed with a filling to prevent further infection. Root canals are typically very successful and can help save a badly damaged or infected tooth.

What does treatment look like?

If you have been told you need a root canal procedure, you may be feeling a little apprehensive. What does this treatment involve, and what should you expect? Here is an overview of root canal treatment to help ease your mind.

A root canal is a procedure used to heal infections at the root of a tooth. Before beginning, we will administer a local anesthetic to ensure you experience minimal discomfort or pain. During the treatment, the infected pulp is taken out, and the inside of the affected tooth is cleaned and sealed off with filling material and a crown to prevent further infection. Depending on the extent of the infection, one or more appointments may be necessary. Most people report that the procedure is not painful, and most experience minimal discomfort afterward. With proper care, your treated tooth can last for many years. 

Who needs root canal therapy?

Dental patients may need root canal therapy when their tooth becomes infected, and they are looking to avoid tooth extraction. Root canal therapy is a treatment used to save teeth that have been damaged by infection. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the body.

These are signs you might need a root canal:

  • Constant pain in your teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Damage to your tooth
  • Swelling in your gums and face
  • Signs of a dental abscess

Root Canal Treatment FAQ

How should I care for my teeth post-treatment?

If you have just had a root canal, you may be wondering how to best care for your teeth now. Here are four tips to help you keep your teeth healthy and looking great!

  • Be sure to brush and floss regularly.
  • Avoid eating sticky or sugary foods.
  • Rinse with salt water after meals.
  • See your dentist for regular check-ups.

Following these tips will help you recover quickly from your root canal and avoid any potential problems down the road! 

Do insurance providers cover the cost of root canal treatment?

Your policy may cover the cost of a root canal, depending on your policy and coverage terms. Dental insurance will typically cover some or all of the cost of a root canal. Consult with your insurance provider and dental office to get an accurate quote.

Is a root canal painful?

A root canal may seem like a scary procedure, but it is one of the most common dental procedures. Many people are concerned about whether or not a root canal is painful, but the truth is that it usually is not very painful at all. In addition, most people report that the procedure was much less painful than they expected.

Contact Us

If you need dental care, our team at Massanutten Dental is here to help. Whether you need a root canal or regular cleaning, we can provide a treatment plan that fits your needs and lifestyle. We take pride in our work and ensure all patients leave with a healthy smile.

Call our office today at 540-908-4846 if you have any questions about root canals and would like to schedule an appointment.