Dr. Zachary Law, DDS
1337 Hardy Road | Vinton, VA 24179
Creating Healthy Smiles
& Happy Families

How do I know if I need a root canal?

If severe decay or periodontal disease occurs deep within your tooth, a root canal is probably needed. This area within your tooth houses the nerves and pulp that keep your tooth alive.

If infection reaches this space in your tooth, a root canal is often the only way to preserve the tooth. Without root canal treatment, you face the risk of having the infection spread, and you may eventually need to have your tooth pulled.

Usually, the first indication of root canal infection is tenderness around the tooth and severe toothache pain that won’t go away. Most people have a negative reaction to the idea of a root canal, but if the infection is not removed, the pain will get worse and potentially result in loss of the tooth. The reason for root canal therapy is to eliminate the infection and the source of your pain.

Dr. Law has extensive experience in performing root canals, and he knows that many people get nervous when they think about having root canal treatment. Sedation options can work wonders in helping to keep you relaxed, and Dr. Law’s experience and training enables him to perform root canals that are comfortable, safe, and efficient.