A dentist provides root canal treatment for infected teeth

Dr. Naveen Chennupati has extended and advanced education in the field of endodontic therapy, also known as “root canals.” He has performed thousands of root canal treatments for patients over the years, ensuring patients maintain their natural teeth whenever possible and avoid possible extraction. Root canal therapy is often a highly feared procedure, but it doesn’t have to be! In fact, root canal treatment usually resolves pain and discomfort, not cause it.

What happens during root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is performed as an alternative to the permanent extraction of an adult tooth. A tooth that has become infected, affected by an abscess, or experienced significant decay or damage may require root canal therapy to keep the tooth in the smile. During the procedure, the dentist will create an access point into the inner canals of the tooth. The infected portion of the tooth is removed, and the dental pulp and the inner canals are disinfected to treat any bacteria present. The tooth is then sealed using gutta-percha and composite resin, and the dentist may also choose to place a dental crown over the tooth to strengthen and protect it.

Why do I need root canal therapy?

Without endodontic treatment, patients will be faced with permanent removal and extraction of the tooth. Then, time and money are spent restoring the smile after tooth loss, often with partial dentures, dental bridges, or even dental implants. Regardless, maintaining the natural tooth is often the most desirable option. Dr. Chennupati may recommend root canal therapy to patients with:

  • An abscess
  • Significant damage/trauma to the tooth
  • An infection
  • An extensive cavity
  • A severe toothache

During an evaluation, the dentist will recommend the best course of treatment for a patient’s unique situation.

Achieve a beautiful smile with the help of our team at Best Smiles!

Dr. Naveen Chennupati and his team are available for new patients in and around Richmond, VA. The practice can be found at 9195 Staples Mill Road. Call today to request a consultation visit and initial appointment with his team to discuss root canal therapy or other dentistry services.

Root Canal

Root canal

Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.