Better dental health, painless results
Mention the term ‘root canal’ to anyone and their first instinct may be to flinch. In the past, this now-common dental
procedure used to involve a fair amount of pain and discomfort. Today, however, the advancement of anesthetics and modern dentistry has made root canals much less intimidating for patients.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
The roots of your teeth anchor them into the jawbone, which allows you to chew and speak comfortably. When the teeth, the nerves inside, or the roots become infected (often through tooth decay or gum disease), measures beyond basic cleaning and fillings can become necessary. Extraction may even be required, but should only be a last resort. Often in these cases, a root canal can remove the source of infection and comfortably improve your overall dental health.
If you’re suffering from soreness, inflammation, or tenderness in your teeth and gums, it’s important to have your local Knoxville dentist check for the source. They may recommend a root canal if they find indications of infection or decay.
How is a Root Canal Performed?
To stop the progress of infection and possible tooth loss, your dentist will need to remove the tissue inside the tooth, otherwise known as the pulp. The pulp, which is most important during a tooth’s growth and development, is located under the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin.
During a root canal, the affected pulp is removed from the affected tooth via a small hole created by your dentist, then rinsed out and filled with material to prevent reinfection. At My Family Dentistry, the entire procedure is carried out in our quiet, spa-like office where you receive comforting, near-painless care from trained dental professionals.
Knoxville residents trust Dr. Wes Mullins and our team for all their dental care. If you need a root canal, we’ll provide treatment that is as relaxing and effective for you as possible.
Contact us with any questions or to schedule your next appointment.