Root Canal Specialist

Kevin D.  Jennings, DDS -  - General Dentistry

Kevin D. Jennings, DDS

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Chesapeake, VA

It seems like everyone has a story about the trauma of getting a root canal, but the truth is that today root canals are pain-free procedures, and more importantly, a root canal is the only way to relieve pain and save your tooth when it’s infected. Dr. Kevin D. Jennings, LLC. in Chesapeake, Virginia, is dedicated to ensuring your comfort and restoring your infected tooth. If you develop pain, sensitivity, or swollen gums, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

When the pulp inside your tooth is infected, a root canal is the only treatment option for removing the infection and preserving your tooth.

Dental pulp is the soft tissue in the center of your tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels. These tissues reside in a narrow canal that begins at the bottom of each tooth root and runs up the root to the middle of the tooth.

When you have an opening in the outer tooth enamel, whether a small crack, cavities, or a chipped tooth, bacteria can get through the enamel to the pulp, resulting in inflammation and infection.

What symptoms indicate I may need a root canal?

In many cases, the first symptom is sudden, severe pain. You may also have symptoms such as:

  • Acute pain when touching the tooth
  • Swollen and tender gums
  • Bump on the gum above the affected tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Constant toothache

By the time you have symptoms, the infection has likely spread into the gum, where it forms a painful abscess. This type of infection erodes the supporting bone.

How is a root canal performed?

Root canals at Dr. Kevin D. Jennings, LLC. don’t cause any pain as Dr. Jennings administers anesthesia and ensures your comfort throughout the on-site procedure.

To perform the root canal, Dr. Jennings creates a small hole and inserts a special tool that removes the pulp. Then he cleans and disinfects the canal and fills the empty space with a rubber-like material that seals the canal and helps support the tooth.

After the hole used to access the pulp is filled, your root canal is finished. Dr. Jennings takes X-rays to confirm your root canal cleared the infection and to evaluate the health of your bone.

If the tooth enamel was damaged or weakened, Dr. Jennings may schedule a future appointment to restore your tooth’s strength with a crown.

How long will my tooth stay healthy after a root canal?

With routine brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups, your restored tooth can last the rest of your life. However, it’s still possible to sustain cracks or damage, even if you get a crown. If that happens, getting immediate treatment from Dr. Jennings is important to protect the tooth.

To get dental care for a toothache or symptoms of a pulp infection, call Dr. Kevin D. Jennings, LLC. or book an appointment online today.