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You’ve likely heard of a root canal before, but most people don’t understand exactly what’s involved in a root canal.

Today we’ll look at why you may need a root canal from Dr. Dr. Jennifer Rice and Dr. James Rice and what the procedure accomplishes.

Why do I need one?

A root canal is performed on teeth that have a serious injury or a large cavity that’s led to damage in the tooth’s root. The damage then leads to an infection in the root, which is incredibly painful.

A root canal removes the infected tissue and saves the rest of the tooth from succumbing to the infection. The tissue is the pulp – the living bundle of nerves and blood vessels inside your teeth.

How does a root canal work?

First, your dentist will remove the top of your tooth to access the pulp. Then the infected pulp is removed from your teeth. After that’s finished, you’ll have to have the tooth repaired with a crown and cement to restore its function and appearance. A root canal eliminates the need for a tooth extraction, but they’re still not the most pleasant experience you can undergo.

If you have a tooth that’s been giving you trouble, you may need to pay our Crozet Dentist office a visit as soon as possible to ensure that you don’t need a root canal to fix your tooth. To schedule an appointment, call us today at 434-218-7072.