Oak Ridge Root Canal Dentist

Root canal. Those two words can spark a range of emotions for a dental patient. But there’s no need to be worried if a root canal procedure is needed to treat a damaged or diseased tooth. Today’s advanced technology and treatment methods make this once anxiety-causing procedure much easier and less difficult than in the past. Millions of teeth are treated and saved this way each year, relieving pain and making teeth healthy again.

Inside your tooth, beneath the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin, is a soft tissue called pulp. This tissue contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, which help grow the root of your tooth during its development. A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it. Root canals can be an excellent way to save a tooth and avoiding an implant.

The process is very similar to a routine filling and can usually be completed in one or two appointments, depending upon the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. Getting a root canal is relatively painless and extremely effective. You’ll be back to smiling, biting and chewing with ease in no time.


A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form. Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.


How can you determine if you need a root canal? Some signs that you may need this type of treatment include:

  • Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure.
  • Prolonged sensitivity (pain) to hot or cold temperatures (after the heat or cold has been removed).
  • Discoloration (darkening) of the tooth.
  • Swelling and tenderness in the surrounding gums.


If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s best to have it looked at so the problem can be properly diagnosed. If a root canal is needed, we will numb the area completely and then remove the inflamed or infected pulp (live tissue inside the tooth), the tooth nerves, and any decay within the tooth. The next step is to carefully clean and shape the inside of the root canal and replace it with medicated dental material, fully restoring the tooth. This space is then finally sealed to prevent future infection

This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not treatable or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. You will likely be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.


Afterwards, a new tooth covering called a crown or other restoration technique will be placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function, completing the procedure. It is rare for patients to experience complications after a root canal, but if a problem does occur, we are here to help.

If you think you might need a root canal, call us today to schedule a consultation.