Serving Choto, North Shore, and surrounding areas of Knoxville, TN
Even if you have a tooth that has sustained a severe level of damage, the dental professionals at Choto Family Dentistry can save your tooth by performing a root canal.
When is a root canal necessary?
Typically, a root canal is needed when severe damage or infection has spread to the interior of a tooth reaching the nerves.
The common causes of this interior damage or infection include:
- An injury, such as a cracked or chipped tooth
- Blunt force trauma to the face that causes the tooth’s nerve to die
- Significant damage from tooth decay, such as a deep cavity
- An abscessed or infected tooth
Also known as the “pulp,” this interior structure contains the tooth’s soft tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. Left untreated, this infection can spread to the end of the tooth root, creating an abscess, which could lead to a life-threatening situation as the infected pus can enter your bloodstream and begin to interfere with vital organs.
An infection in the interior of your tooth also can lead to any of the following issues:
- Swelling of the face, neck, or head
- Bone deterioration near the tip of the tooth root
- Drainage issues
- Tooth loss
Do I need a root canal?
Before undergoing a root canal, you should be seen by a specialist or a dentist with knowledge of endodontics, who can diagnose whether or not a root canal is required.
That said, any combination of these symptoms could indicate that you need a root canal:
- A severe toothache that either appears out of nowhere or begins when you chew
- Heightened and extended sensitivity to heat and/or cold
- Discolored tooth (gray in color)
- Swollen or tender gums, or a recurring pimple on the gums
- Ear or jaw pain
What to expect when getting a root canal
At Choto Family Dentistry, we use state-of-the-art techniques and procedures to make the process of a root canal as comfortable and convenient as possible. First, you will receive a local anesthetic, ensuring that you do not feel any pain. Many of our patients who receive root canals express astonishment at how simple and painless we have made the procedure.
Once the procedure itself begins, after the anesthesia has taken effect, we remove any area of the tooth interior that has been damaged. The tooth is cleaned thoroughly and then filled with a material that helps to strengthen the roots of the tooth. A temporary restoration may be placed at this same appointment or we may begin preparing the tooth for a permanent crown, depending on your oral care needs. This crown replaces the exterior of the treated tooth and is matched in shape and color to be almost indistinguishable from your other natural, healthy teeth. The dental crown helps protect the otherwise brittle tooth.
After a root canal, we may prescribe an antibiotic if the infection has spread beyond the end of the tooth root. Also, in the rare case that you experience pain following the procedure, we can prescribe medication to help manage your discomfort.
Root Canals in Knoxville
Make sure to choose a dentist with experience in root canals to perform this complex procedure. If you think you might need a root canal, or another medical professional has recommended you receive one, call our office at (865) 409-5077 to schedule a consultation.
Choto Family Dentistry welcomes patients of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the communities of Choto and North Shore.