Root Canals in Nashville, TN
Procedure that allows you to prevent extracting a painful or infected tooth.
- Advanced 3D CT imagery is used to better diagnose and plan treatment
- Ozone is used in our root canal treatment process to optimize healing
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or conscious sedation are available to ease any anxiety you may have
Root canals are one of the procedures we receive the most questions about. We promise to listen to your concerns and dignify them with the honest answers you deserve.
There are two reasons a tooth could need a root canal:
- a tooth is alive but the nerve is irreversibly inflamed and painful
- a tooth is dead and an abscess infection has developed in the bone around the tooth root.
The root canal procedure removes the inflamed or infected nerve tissue from inside the root of the tooth and replaces it with a filling material. The goal is to allow you to keep your natural tooth and eliminate the pain or infection that was present.
The concern with root canals is the inability of the procedure to completely eliminate all the bacteria inside the millions of microscopic tubules in the tooth root. If continued bacterial activity or infection continues, it could potentially contribute to other systemic ailments or reduce your immune systems’ effectiveness. We commonly see root canals on 3D CT scans that have not completely healed or have become reinfected over time.
If you decide that a root canal is not a procedure you wish to have, removing the tooth is the other option available to treat the infection or pain that’s present. When extracting a tooth we make sure to completely remove the roots, any abscesses present, as well as the periodontal ligament. We also infiltrate ozone gas into the socket and routinely place PRF into the socket to help you heal quickly and reduce post operative pain. We’ll talk through all the tooth replacement options available to you. These include a dental implant (titanium or zirconia), a bridge, or a removable partial denture. Click here to see our Dental Implants service page.