Root Canal Therapy
in Munford, TN

Root canals are rarely a favorite treatment among patients. At Southern Dental Munford, we strive to help our patients have the smoothest, most enjoyable dental experiences possible, even for advanced restorative treatments like root canals. To learn more about our services or schedule your next appointment with us, please get in touch with our friendly front office team!

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What are the symptoms of a tooth infection?

A tooth infection, also known as an abscess, can cause several noticeable symptoms, including severe toothaches, sensitivity to hot or cold, and pain when chewing or biting. You might notice swelling in your face or cheek, a fever, or tender, swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck. If you experience these symptoms, it’s important to speak with our office promptly to prevent the infection from spreading and causing more serious health issues. Routine visits are also important for identifying decay or damage before symptoms even develop.

Are root canals painful?

Root canals are not typically painful, thanks to modern dental techniques and anesthesia. Before the procedure, the area around the affected tooth will be numbed, ensuring you remain comfortable throughout treatment. However, you may feel some pressure or movement. After the procedure, it’s normal to experience some mild discomfort or soreness, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Luckily, this discomfort is generally much more manageable than the pain caused by the tooth infection. Our office also provides nitrous oxide sedation, which you are welcome to request.

When is a root canal necessary?

A root canal becomes necessary when the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected or inflamed. This can happen due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. Dental trauma may also cause pulp damage even if there are no visible cracks. A root canal helps save the tooth by removing the infected pulp and sealing it to prevent further issues. The only alternative in this situation is a dental extraction, which we prefer to avoid when possible, as we always want our patients to utilize the least invasive treatments and keep their natural teeth.

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