Root Canals

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Receiving a root canal can save even a seriously damaged tooth.

What is a root canal?

A root canal prevents total loss of a tooth, even if the interior of a tooth has sustained major damage or is suffering from an infection. This interior structure, also known as pulp, contains the soft tissue such as the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth. During a root canal, the pulp is removed, and then the chamber of the tooth is filled with a special filling material. The last step involves placing a custom-made crown over the tooth for stability and strength.

What causes an infected tooth?

  • A tooth that is cracked or chipped whereas bacteria can reach the pulp
  • Significant decay from a deep cavity

An infection of this sort can cause the following issues:

  • Swelling of the face
  • Bone deterioration near the tip of the tooth root
  • Drainage from a pustule known as an abscess that forms on the gums
  • Tooth loss

Left untreated, an infected tooth even can threaten your life, as the infection can enter your bloodstream and travel to your brain or other vital organs.

What can you expect during a root canal?

A root canal is no longer the same type of procedure it was even five years ago. Advances in techniques and technology in the field of dentistry and endodontics make a modern root canal as convenient and comfortable as possible for the patient.

Root canal procedures typically involve two visits to our office.

At the initial visit, our staff will administer a local anesthetic, before removing any area of the tooth that has been damaged by decay or injury. Removing this damaged area often involves drilling into the canals of the tooth roots themselves. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned, after which we will place a rubber-like filling into the canals of the tooth, and then prepare the tooth for a crown. In many cases, we will prescribe an antibiotic, especially in cases of a severe infection. At the subsequent visit, we will remove the temporary crown and install a permanent restoration to restore the exterior of the tooth.

Know the signs of an infected tooth

The following symptoms can be an indicator that you suffer from an infection in a tooth. If you are experiencing any of these issues, seek the services of an experienced and well-trained dentist like the ones on staff at Tusculum Dental Care as soon as possible.

  • A severe toothache that may appear out of nowhere or begin when you start chewing
  • Heightened and prolonged sensitivity to hot and/or cold foods or beverages
  • Discolored tooth
  • Swollen or tender gums, or an abscess on the gums
  • Ear or jaw pain

Typically, with an infected tooth that is in need of a root canal, the pain experienced is so severe that nothing seems to really help. In fact, many visits to the emergency room are as a result of a toothache that ends up needing a root canal later on by a dentist. You can help decrease your risk of needing a root canal by practicing preventive measures such as good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and exams.

Root Canal Treatment in Greeneville

If you or a member of your family may need a root canal, be sure to choose an experienced dentist. You can trust the professionals at Tusculum Dental Care to perform a root canal with maximum success and comfort. Take the first step and call our office at (423) 639-7575 to schedule a consultation.

Tusculum Dental Care serves the oral health needs of patients living in the areas of Greeneville, Jonesborough, and Erwin, Tennessee.