Root Canals

Expert Dental Care in Hixson, TN

At Tennessee River Dental, we are proud to provide high-quality dental care to patients of all ages throughout the Hixson, TN area. Dr. Ken Randall and our highly trained team of dental specialists take an individualized approach to patient care, designing personalized treatment plans for every patient that focus on achieving a healthy smile in the long-term. While we focus on preventive care, sometimes, problems do occur – and if dental decay progresses far enough, a root canal can be an important and effective procedure for saving a damaged tooth.

What is a Root Canal?

While it may be the most infamous procedure in all of dentistry, the truth is, root canals don't deserve their bad rap. In reality, root canals are an important restorative dental procedure that saves an otherwise damaged tooth, and contrary to popular belief, they prevent pain rather than cause it. Root canals allows us to prevent tooth extraction, healing a tooth that might otherwise be irreparable. 

A root canal becomes necessary when a cavity or dental decay penetrates through the enamel and dentin of a tooth, reaching the fleshy dental pulp at the center of the tooth. At this point, the infection is in danger of spreading farther down into the jawline – so a root canal is critically important. In the root canal procedure, we remove the infection and all decayed or dead pulp from the tooth, refilling the canal in which the pulp resides (called the "root canal") with a strong, biocompatible material. 

The Root Canal Procedure

While many people believe that root canals are painful, the truth is that we use a mild anesthetic to make the procedure easy and comfortable. While every patient is different, most root canals go like this:

  • First, we'll clean and sterilize the infected tooth and the teeth around it.
  • Dr. Randall will then use a special device to remove decayed tooth material, as well as any damaged, decayed, or dead dental pulp. 
  • With the decayed tissue removed and the infection cleaned, Dr. Randall will then finish cleaning and shaping the area for reconstruction.
  • Using a strong, biocompatible filler material, Dr. Randall will fill in the root canal of the tooth. 
  • We'll then finish the procedure by capping the tooth with a tooth-colored filling.
  • Once the procedure is finished, your tooth will be fully healed and back to normal.

Contact Your Hixson, TN Family Dentist

Root canals are important procedures that can be incredibly helpful in saving teeth and preventing discomfort in the long run. If you're suffering from a toothache, see what looks like a cavity in one of your teeth, or just want to learn more about your dental health, we are always happy to speak with you. Feel free to call us at 423-877-3848 or reach out to us at our contact page with any questions. Alternatively, if you'd like to come in for a checkup, feel free to request an appointment online at our Hixson, TN office. We look forward to hearing from you!