Root Canal in Gainesville, VA

Protection and Pain Relief

You can trust our expert dentists to make your root canal experience as painless and stress-free as possible.

At GoSmiles in Gainesville, we use root canals to treat tooth decay and infection at the source, preventing further damage and potentially saving you from a tooth extraction. A relatively common procedure, root canals are a safe and effective way to relieve pain from a toothache caused by infection and allow you to keep your natural tooth.

Benefits of Root Canals

Stops the Pain

Removing the inflamed or infected nerve from the infected tooth results in improved comfort.

Saves the Roots

A root canal saves the anchoring roots of the tooth so that a protective crown can be placed. This keeps your bone structure unaltered while giving the crown a solid foundation.

Advanced Care

GoSmiles Dentistry offers the most advanced technologies to ensure a successful and more comfortable root canal experience.

How Root Canals in Gainesville Work

Your highly qualified dentist in Gainesville will examine the issue with an X-Ray and help you determine the best course of action to preserve your tooth.

Beneath the firm outer layers of your tooth, a softer substance is in the center called pulp. The pulp is home to blood vessels, nerve endings, and other connective tissues. When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, it can cause intense pain and discomfort. A root canal addresses this issue at the source and can restore your tooth function while avoiding the need for a tooth extraction.

In a root canal procedure, your dentist will start by numbing the area to ensure comfort. A small opening is made in the crown of the tooth to access the infected or inflamed pulp. The dentist carefully removes the damaged pulp from the chamber and root canals using specialized instruments. These canals are then cleaned and shaped to prepare them for filling. After cleaning, the canals are filled with a biocompatible material, typically gutta-percha, and sealed with an adhesive cement. This process eliminates the infection and protects the decontaminated canal.

The final step often involves placing a crown or other restoration on the tooth to restore its shape, functionality, and appearance. This step is crucial as the tooth is more brittle after a root canal and needs protection from fracture. With proper care, a tooth that has undergone a root canal can last as long as natural teeth.

The entire procedure may require one or more visits to the dentist, depending on the complexity of the tooth’s roots and the extent of the infection.


What to Expect

On the day of your root canal in Gainesville, we’ll get you comfortable and administer local anesthesia to numb the area, ensuring a pain-free experience. Your dentist then proceeds with the root canal, which typically takes between 90 minutes to a few hours, depending on the complexity of the tooth’s structure and the severity of the infection. You might feel some pressure during the procedure but should not experience pain.

Immediately after, as the anesthesia wears off, it’s common to experience some tenderness or mild discomfort in the area, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. The treated tooth may feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after the procedure. It’s advisable to avoid chewing on the treated tooth until a permanent filling or crown is placed to prevent any damage.

You’re able to return to your normal activities the next day. However, it’s important to follow our specific aftercare instructions, which may include gentle brushing and avoiding hard or chewy foods for a few days. Any swelling, severe pain, or signs of an allergic reaction should be reported to your Gainesville dentist immediately.

A follow-up appointment is typically scheduled to monitor the healing process and to place the final restoration on the treated tooth.

Frequently Asked Questions

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