Preserve and Restore Your Smile with Root Canal Therapy
Pain while chewing or new sensitivity when your teeth are exposed to hot or cold temperatures often indicates a dental infection. For teeth that have become infected, our doctors can perform safe, effective root canal therapy to remove bacteria and prevent the need for extraction. This procedure can be performed entirely at Gulch Dental Studio in Nashville, TN, where we use cutting-edge technology and offer different sedation options for your comfort and convenience.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy, often simply called a root canal, is the last resort for saving a badly damaged or decayed tooth. In most cases, the infection will have spread from the outer surfaces of the tooth to the inner pulp. At this point, that inner tissue or dental pulp, comprised of blood vessels and nerves, needs to be treated in order to save the tooth and stop the spread of infection or bacteria to the healthy surrounding teeth and gums.
In order to more effectively restore your oral health, we use rotary tools for faster, more precise treatment.
Symptoms you should watch for that may indicate you need a root canal include:
- Swelling in your gums, cheek, jaw, or throat
- Pain or sensitivity when chewing
- Heightened sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Tooth discoloration and darkening
- Blister or pimple on the gum
- Fever, chills, or signs of infection
Some people are hesitant to undergo root canal treatment because of the misconception that it is an unpleasant procedure. But with local anesthetic and sedation options, patients can remain comfortable during the whole process. A root canal does remove the nerve in a tooth, so that it no longer feels pain or temperature differences. However, this in no way negatively affects the function of the tooth while chewing or talking.