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Over the years, root canals have gotten a bad reputation. There have been countless jokes made about root canals and many people feel that a root canal is one of the worst things that could happen to them in the dentist’s chair.

Despite all of that, few people realize that before root canals, a tooth with infected pulp would have been extracted. However, a root canal will allow a patient to keep a tooth, even if the pulp has to be removed.

A root canal is needed when a tooth has been damaged and its pulp has become infected. Using a small drill, the dentist will access the pulp and remove it. The dentist will clean the pulp chamber and sterilize it to make sure that the pulp has been removed and any bacteria has been neutralized. When he chamber is clean, the dentist will insert a material called gutta percha into the chamber to take the place of the pulp. Then, he will seal your tooth and schedule a follow-up appointment and a time to place a permanent crown on the tooth. The dentist may also prescribe a pain-reliever or antibiotic. If the pain continues, or you begin to feel sick, or feverish, or begin to shake, you should contact the dentist right away.

If you have a troublesome tooth, our dentist, Dr. Barry LeJeune will be happy to give you an exam. If you live in the Hampton, Virginia, area you can call (757) 827-9114 to make an appointment at Barry LeJeune, DDS today.