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The Larry M Smith Center of Dental Health | Root Canal in Dayton, TN

The L M Smith Center For Dental Health PLLC
Larry M Smith, DDS, MAGD
Master of the Academy of General Dentistry
(423) 775-1464
180 Walnut Grove Road
Dayton Tennessee, 37321

Root Canal

AGD Member
 

Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry and the most common procedure relating to endodontics. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.

The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. The dentist will create an opening into the tooth to gain access into the canal. They will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space if filled with a sealant called gutta percha. In most cases, it is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and ensure that the tooth is strong again.

"Root canal" has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have now made it a "non-scary" procedure. New, powerful local anesthetics and proper medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter medicines are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe medication. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard. 

 
 
 
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