What is endodontics?

Endodontics is the study and treatment of the nerve inside the tooth. The dental pulp (nerve) is the innermost layer of the tooth, and it includes the connective tissues, blood vessels, and tooth nerves. If this area of the tooth becomes damaged or diseased by trauma, decay, or gum disease, endodontic treatment is needed to restore the tooth to health and function.

What is a root canal?

Root canal treatment encompasses the removal of the nerve and the cleaning, shaping, and restoring of the root canal system. Without the nerve, the tooth becomes brittle and will need to be restored with a crown to bring the tooth back to shape, strength, and function. During root canal therapy, our dentist removes the infected tissues from the tooth and cleans the tooth and root canals to remove all signs of disease. The tooth is then filled with a medicated material to restore its health. Finally, the tooth is covered with a restoration, such as a crown, to return its strength and shape. Thanks to Dr. Shivaprasanna Rai’s skill and gentleness, as well as our advanced technology and anesthetics, we can provide you with a root canal that is as painless and quick as possible.

Do I need a root canal?

Our dentist may suggest root canal treatment for your smile if the dental pulp of a tooth has become damaged, infected, or diseased. This often causes painful symptoms like increased tooth sensitivity, intense tooth pain, swelling and tenderness in the gums, and a recurring or lasting pimple on the gums. You may also notice your tooth becoming discolored or darkened.

If you believe you need a root canal or one has been recommended for you, we welcome you to contact us today at Rai Family Dentistry in Stafford, Virginia. We look forward to caring for your smile.