Restore Your Oral Health with Root Canal Therapy

Illustration of the inside of an infected toothWhen decay spreads to the inner portion of a tooth, a root canal may be necessary to save the outer structure of the tooth and protect the rest of your smile from infection. During root canal therapy, your dentist will remove the infected pulp from inside the tooth. Next, he will fill the tooth with a soft rubber material, seal it with a filling, and place a custom-made dental crown to protect the tooth. Our dentists take advanced measures to minimize any discomfort during this procedure.

If a patient develops a tooth infection and does not seek treatment, the infection may eventually become so severe that the only viable solution is tooth extraction. Fortunately, Dr. Caron or Dr. Kenney can preserve the health of an infected tooth and prevent future concerns by performing root canal therapy at our Tupelo, MS, practice. To learn more about root canal therapy, schedule a personal consultation with Drs. Caron or Kenney today.

When is Root Canal Therapy Performed?

Inside of each tooth is a collection of nerves, tissues, and blood vessels known as the pulp. In some cases, tooth decay or trauma will weaken the strong protective layer of enamel and allow oral bacteria to reach the pulp and cause an infection. When this occurs, a patient can experience significant discomfort and the infection can spread and threaten his or her overall oral health. Fortunately, root canal therapy offers a trusted and effective way to eliminate a tooth infection and preserve the tooth’s structure.

Ensuring Your Comfort

Many patients believe the common misconception that root canal therapy involves a great deal of discomfort. However, modern dental tools and anesthesia have made the procedure similar to the process of receiving a large dental filling. In addition, our experienced doctors use a very gentle approach to ensure the comfort of root canal patients. We can also provide nitrous oxide to help you remain relaxed during treatment, if necessary.

Since the treated tooth can still be prone to future infection, most patients will complete root canal therapy by receiving a dental crown.

The Root Canal Procedure

We will examine your tooth and use digital x-rays to determine if root canal therapy may be necessary. Before beginning the procedure, Drs. Caron or Kenney will first explain what to expect and answer any questions you might have. Once you are ready, we will administer a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Next, your doctor will create a small opening near the top of your tooth to access its interior. Drs. Caron or Kenney will then carefully remove infected portions using small, specialized tools. Once the area has been thoroughly disinfected, the resulting space will be filled in with a rubber-like paste, and the opening will be sealed.

Since the treated tooth can still be prone to future infection, most patients will complete root canal therapy by receiving a dental crown. In these cases, we will reshape the treated tooth and take detailed impressions. We may be able to fabricate your crown here in our office using our advanced CEREC® (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) machine and complete treatment during a single visit. Otherwise, we will have your crown fabricated at an off-site lab. Once the crown is ready, we will bond it securely in place to reinforce your tooth’s structure and provide protection from damage and decay.

Schedule an Appointment to Learn More

If you think you may be suffering from a tooth infection, root canal therapy with Drs. Caron or Kenney can eliminate significant discomfort and restore your oral health. Contact Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule an appointment and learn more.