root-canalDrs. Andre and Hall can provide you with a root canal if the soft, inner tissues of your tooth become infected. This procedure can relieve pain and discomfort and prevent the need for an extraction. We welcome you to contact John J. Andre, DDS & Associates at 804-346-8330 for our Glen Allen location or (540) 967-0777 for our Louisa location to learn more about root canals and to make your appointment with our dentists.

Infection of the soft, interior portion of the tooth, also known as the pulp, can be extremely painful. The nerve system of each tooth is contained within the dental pulp, and connects to the rest of your body through the root canal. When decay-causing bacteria easts away the protective outer lays of enamel and dentin, the nerve is directly affected, making your dental infection extremely painful. When this occurs, our dentists perform a root canal to preserve your natural tooth structure.

During your root canal, our dentists will remove the infected and injured portions of the tooth, clean it, and fill it with a medicated material. The canal is then sealed to prevent future infection, and capped with a restoration (usually a dental crown) to restore the original shape and structure of the tooth.

While many patients dread the phrase “root canal,” the treatment itself is can be completed with minimal discomfort, and often in only one or two visits to our office, thanks to advances in the techniques, tools, and anesthesia used during your treatment. Root canals dramatically relieve the pain of your infected dental pulp, increasing your overall health and comfort. When you visit our practice for a root canal, our dentists and team will do our best to ensure that your experience is as comfortable as possible.

If you experience a severe toothache, sensitivity to changes in temperature, or noticeable discoloration of a single tooth, you may have a root canal infection. To make your appointment with our dentists and learn more, please contact our office as soon as possible.