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Gentle Root Canal Therapy in West Knoxville

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Sudden discoloration or pain in your tooth can be an indicator of an infection that requires root canal therapy to protect your oral health. At Isom Dentistry, we offer root canal therapy to get you out of pain and back to enjoying your day. Our team combines years of experience with a comforting chairside manner to help you have a positive visit.

We are proud to protect the smiles of the residents of Knoxville with root canal treatment to stop the spread of infection and keep your smile healthy. You can rely on our team to welcome you with respect and compassion, regardless of the current state of your oral health. We understand that an infected tooth can cause you pain, so we do everything we can to get you into our dental office as soon as possible. If you're suffering from a toothache or the other symptoms of an infected tooth, contact us today.


What Does Root Canal Treatment Fix?

Root canal therapy is a procedure dental professionals use to remove infection from a tooth. While your enamel protects the inner tooth from most dangers, once infection gets inside, it requires an external procedure, such as root canal therapy, to remove the compromised material.

A crack, chip, or cavity in your tooth becomes a point of entry for bacteria, which infiltrates and compromises the inner tissues of your tooth. Once bacteria infect the pulp, they cause decay, inflammation, and pain. If left untreated, the infection gets worse and can spread. Root canal therapy removes the infected material from your root canal and preserves your oral health.

Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?

You know that pain in your tooth or jaw isn't normal and requires a trip to our dentist, but what you may not know is that there are other signs of an infected tooth that aren't painful. If you're not sure whether your symptoms indicate an infected tooth, you can call our office. Our friendly team will take the time to listen to your symptoms, provide helpful insight, and schedule an appointment to address the issue. Here are some of the most common signs of an infected tooth:

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Abscess on the gums
  • Sensitivity when chewing
  • Pus along the gum line
  • Pain in the tooth or jaw
  • Sudden graying of the tooth

Our Root Canal Therapy Process

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The moment you walk into our dental office, you know you're a priority. Our team welcomes you like family and takes the time to talk with you and ask questions to ensure we understand your unique needs and concerns. We perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and jaws, complete with scans to verify whether an infection has occurred and what treatment is needed.

Our office performs root canal therapy for premolars and anterior teeth, and we work with a trusted endodontist if your molars need root canal treatment. We understand that many people suffer from dental anxiety or fear, which is why we offer nitrous oxide to help you enjoy a calm experience during your procedure. If the infection is severe and requires medication, then we'll provide antibiotics as needed to safeguard your health and prepare for root canal therapy.

Our dentist will numb the area surrounding your tooth to maximize your comfort. When the numbing agent has taken effect, a tiny access point is created in the tooth, and the infected pulp is gently extracted. The tooth chamber is cleaned and filled with an antibacterial solution to prevent complications, and we place a same-day crown to protect your tooth structure.

Your same-day crown is made with CEREC® technology and is customized to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth to blend beautifully with your smile. If your case is not severe, we may be able to use fillings instead of a dental crown.

Root Canal Treatment FAQs

Selecting the dental treatment that's right for you can be a complex decision, and it's normal to have questions. That's why we encourage you to share your questions and concerns. We are happy to provide the answers and resources you need to make an informed decision regarding your treatment plan. Here are some of the most common questions we receive about root canal therapy in Knoxville:

How long does root canal therapy take?

Root canal therapy can take 2-3 appointments, depending on the severity of the infection and the damage to your tooth.

Your comfort is important to us, and we do everything we can to alleviate the pain caused by the infection in your tooth. You may experience some discomfort during the procedure, but we numb the area and offer nitrous oxide to help you have a relaxed appointment.

Your recovery time will depend on your overall health and the extent of the infection. In general, many people recover in 7-14 days.

Dependable Root Canal Therapy in Knoxville

When you have a dentist you trust, you feel more confident about your dental treatment plan and the results you can expect. At Isom Dentistry, we offer effective root canal therapy to eliminate infection and restore your oral health. Our team is committed to helping you enjoy a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles with quality dental care. We are excited to meet you and renew your smile with root canal treatment in Knoxville. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.