If you are experiencing constant or near-constant tooth pain, you might be in need of root canal therapy. This becomes necessary if the pulp of your tooth has become infected. If you have any questions about root canal therapy in Ripley, Tennessee, please contact Elite Dental Care today at 731-635-5000. A member of our team will get you scheduled with our dentist, Dr. Brien Polk.

Root canal therapy is a common dental procedure that alleviates pain and removes infection. The pulp of the tooth is what contains the connective tissue, nerves and blood tissue that keep the tooth healthy and functioning. Once the pulp becomes infected, root canal therapy becomes necessary. Most often, this is required after a cavity goes untreated for too long, but this can be caused by other things like cracks or trauma.

Symptoms that may indicate the need for root canal therapy are:

  • Constant tooth pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Gum swelling
  • Sores on the gums
  • Jaw swelling
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Pain while applying pressure

When you receive root canal therapy, our dentist will keep you comfortable by offering local anesthesia. After that, we will go in to remove the infected pulp through a small access hole. Once the pulp is removed, we will clean out and fill in the canals so new infection is unable to form. After this part of your treatment is complete, we will place the crown to finish off this procedure.

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