Root Canal Treatment
Millions of teeth are saved every year by root canal therapy.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
A root canal is performed by your dentist to relieve the pain associated with a toothache or an abscessed tooth. When the tissues on the inside of a tooth become inflamed or infected, the tooth will hurt. Root canal treatment relieves this pain by removing the inflamed and infected tissue on the inside of the tooth. Once your dentist has removed the inflamed tissue, a filler material is placed inside the tooth to fill the empty void.
Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
Contrary to what many people believe, the root of the tooth remains intact and is not removed. This is one of the main benefits of root canal therapy because it allows you to keep your tooth instead of having it removed. Other benefits of root canal therapy include normal bite force, more efficient chewing because your tooth is saved rather than extracted, and a more natural appearance. Modern techniques have allowed dentists to perform root canals more efficiently and more comfortably than in years past.
What to Expect During Your Procedure
Your dentist will numb your tooth so that the root canal procedure will seem like having a simple filling performed. The dentist can often complete a root canal procedure in one visit, but sometimes it may require an additional second visit to the dental office. After the root canal procedure has been completed, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics or pain medication if deemed necessary.
Are You Experiencing a Dental Emergency?
A toothache is never a good experience, but when it arises suddenly, you may find yourself dealing with a true dental emergency and need to find an emergency dentist.
Our office accepts patients to be seen the same day for these types of dental emergencies. If you feel that you are experiencing a dental emergency and need to see a dentist in the Nashville area immediately, please feel free to contact our office. We will be happy to evaluate your condition to determine whether root canal therapy would help your situation.