Root Canal Treatment, Brentwood TN

An infected or abscessed tooth is a serious dental problem that requires prompt attention and treatment. At Haley E. Schmitt, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we know that repeated myths and stories make the procedure sound complicated or painful, but it’s not.

When performed by an experienced dentist like Dr. Schmitt, who uses strong local anesthetics and advanced technology, root canal treatment is a straightforward, comfortable procedure.

How Does a Tooth Get Infected?

root canal treatment brentwood tnLocated at the center of a tooth is an area called the pulp chamber. The dental pulp consists of nerves, blood vessels, and tissue that keep a tooth alive and healthy. The pulp chamber is typically well-protected, but bacteria can enter the area through deep decay, a crack in the tooth, or trauma, such as a hard knock to the tooth.

Bacteria cause inflammation or infection, and the tooth’s nerve starts to die. This can cause an excruciating toothache, and the only way to relieve it is by removing the infected pulp promptly with root canal therapy. The only alternative to root canal treatment is extraction, but saving a tooth is always the better option. 

Symptoms of an Infected Tooth

Some signs of a tooth infection or abscess are:

  • Excruciating tooth pain
  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Swollen or inflamed gums
  • A whitish bump on the gums
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • A foul odor or taste in your mouth

If you experience any of these symptoms, please call us right away. We offer same-day emergency dentistry and will see you promptly to get you out of pain and stabilize your situation.

Root Canal Therapy Removes the Infection

The goal of root canal treatment is to remove the inflamed or infected pulp, a straightforward process. First, we use a powerful local anesthetic to numb the tooth and ensure that the procedure is pain-free.

Dr. Schmitt uses leading-edge rotary endodontic technology to efficiently and thoroughly remove the infected pulp. She disinfects the tooth, fills the hollowed-out pulp chamber to prevent reinfection, seals the tooth, and places a temporary filling to protect it as it heals.

We Care about Your Comfort

pain free root canal brentwood tnYour comfort is our priority during root canal treatment, and we offer nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” if you experience dental anxiety. 

Nitrous oxide helps you feel relaxed and calm during treatment but leaves your system quickly so you can drive home from your appointment safely. 

We also offer neck pillows and blankets, and you are welcome to bring your headphones and listen to your own entertainment to help you relax.

What Happens after Root Canal Treatment

It’s common to feel some soreness or tenderness in the area for a day or two following treatment. You can take over-the-counter pain medication, and be sure to take any antibiotics as prescribed by Dr. Schmitt.

After about two weeks, you'll return to our dental office so we can check on your healing and then restore the tooth. Dr. Schmitt may recommend a final crown or filling to protect and support the tooth and will explain which she feels is most appropriate for your needs.

 Please Don’t Postpone Root Canal Treatment!

Prompt treatment for an infected tooth is critical. Even if the pain of a root infection or abscess subsides temporarily, the infection can potentially become life-threatening as it continues to spread to the jaw and rest of the body.

If you think you need emergency root canal treatment, please call our Brentwood, TN, dental office at (615) 373-0883.