Our doctors are trained in root canals and proudly serve the Chattanooga, TN area. In most cases if your tooth requires a root canal, it can be completed in our office. However, if the tooth is a more complicated case we may refer you to an endodontist to complete the root canal.
An endodontist is a specialist in the area of soft tissue inside the tooth. Endodontists, who perform root canals, receive advanced education after graduating from dental school and typically only deal with endodontic-related problems.
A common misconception is that a root canal is a painful procedure. Actually, root canals are a safe and non-invasive treatment toward saving a tooth. Similar to having a cavity filled, this procedure produces minimal pain.
Common causes for the need of endodontic treatment:
- Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
- Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
- Tooth decay
- Chipped or broken tooth
- Trauma to the tooth
- Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
- Repeated dental procedures on a tooth
Please contact our office for an evaluation if you experience any of the symptoms above, and we will refer you to an endodontic specialist.