Root Canal Therapy
When an infection occurs inside a tooth, it can be incredibly painful, and time is of the essence. Rather than extracting the tooth, the team at Chattanooga Family Dentistry in Chattanooga, TN, will always try to save it with virtually painless root canal therapy. We offer sedation to make this important procedure comfortable and stress-free.View transcript
[00:00:08.429] A root canal is where the tissue inside the tooth has died [00:00:13.843] and is no longer alive or viable, or it is on its way to dying, [00:00:18.671] and gives off a lot of factors to let you know that this tooth [00:00:21.871] is not in good health or in good shape. [00:00:24.457] We get in there and we usually take care of the tooth by opening the tooth up, [00:00:28.629] finding the central canal or cave that the main nerve lives in, [00:00:32.672] and then we chase it down the different caves or canals [00:00:35.158] that we get to try to eventually take care of all the nerve tissue, [00:00:39.042] both mechanically and chemically removing the nerve tissue. [00:00:42.514] The biggest question that I ask my patients is, [00:00:44.770] does this tooth hurt you when you're not eating [00:00:47.214] or chewing on anything? [00:00:48.858] Does it wake you up at night? [00:00:50.115] Does it bother you while driving in the car? [00:00:52.243] If those answers are yes, then we typically are starting [00:00:54.601] to have an issue with the tooth. [00:00:56.472] We take a 3D X-ray to make sure that we know how many canals are in each tooth [00:01:01.430] before we get started, so we know that we can complete all of those areas. [00:01:05.544] We also do sedation, and a lot of patients don't want to be awake [00:01:08.800] when they have their root canals done. [00:01:10.187] The root canals are usually given a bad name. [00:01:12.572] There are times where they can be a little difficult, [00:01:15.415] but if they're done properly and they have an antibiotic ahead of time, [00:01:19.072] especially for a bad abscess, [00:01:20.860] then, usually, root canals are a fairly routine procedure [00:01:24.337] in the dental office.