A root canal procedure is the only way to eliminate dental infection and avoid the need to extract a tooth. Dr. Gary Kinder understands you may be nervous about this procedure, so he makes his Knoxville, TN, office a soothing environment and offers sedation options to help you relax. With his compassionate care, you can receive the treatment you need in order to protect your teeth and ensure lasting dental health. We use the latest restorative materials, such as IPS e.max®, to craft the dental crowns that complete the procedure.
Why a Root Canal Procedure is Recommended
A root canal procedure, also known as "endodontic treatment," is typically recommended if you are experiencing a dental infection. This condition arises when decay reaches the pulp in the center of your tooth. Your dental nerves and blood vessels run from this central chamber of your tooth through your root canals, so an infection can spread quickly, affect your nerves, and cause significant discomfort. Often, pain will be more pronounced when you bite or eat cold foods. The pain could radiate or cause sharp, shooting sensations across your jaw. Other symptoms of a dental infection can include gum abscesses, bad breath, and dark stains inside your tooth. In some cases, however, dental infection does not cause any symptoms until it completely destroys your tooth. This is one reason that regular checkups are so important.
If Dr. Kinder determines that you require a root canal procedure, he will take every measure to ensure your comfort throughout the process.
The Root Canal Procedure
If you present with any symptoms of infection, Dr. Kinder will thoroughly examine your tooth. If he determines that you require a root canal procedure, he will take every measure to ensure your comfort throughout the process. He will completely numb your tooth, and he can also provide various forms of sedation. Because his approach to the procedure is very gentle, sedation is not always necessary. However, if you suffer from dental phobia, or have difficulty sitting comfortably due to arthritis or other conditions, these medications can help you relax.