When detected soon enough, tooth decay is addressed with a dental filling or another type of restoration to restore the damage and strengthen the tooth. However, if the decay spreads into the deeper layers and affects the inner portion of a tooth, you will likely need a root canal. Also known as endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry removes the damaged pulp from the tooth, sanitizes the internal portions of the tooth and its roots, and then fills and seals the tooth. General dentists Doctors Richard Caron and John Kenney may recommend root canal therapy to Tupelo, MS individuals because it treats the infection and can help save the tooth from needing to be extracted.
If you believe you could benefit from a root canal, we understand that you may have reservations about undergoing the procedure. Though root canals are a common dental treatment, patients often put off going to the dentist for a toothache because of anxiety and fear. Doctors Caron, Kenney, and our caring team will do our very best to help you feel at ease and always put your comfort first, regardless of your treatment needs. We use advanced endodontic techniques, and we also offer sedation dentistry services to help you feel even more relaxed when needing a root canal. Call Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to set up a consult with our team for more information on root canal therapy and our sedation methods.
Root Canal Therapy Reviews
"I can't say enough great things about tupelo smiles. I would highly recommend this dental office to anyone! Dr. Caron and his staff went above and beyond to make my visit great! It was by far the easiest root canal ever! I would like to brag about one of his staff members for just a minute. Her name is Sam. She is by far one of the nicest/funniest and fun person I’ve met. She is always smiling and goes above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable. She has a way put a smile on you’re face even if your not in the mood to smile."- J.G. / Foursquare / Jul 01, 2018
"Where to begin...So when I was younger I had a seriously awful experience at the dentist and I've since developed a pretty severe phobia. Like, sweating, shaking, vomiting--just to make the appointment and get to the office. I didn't sleep a wink last night because of it. I was finally forced to go due to me breaking a molar over the past weekend and being in some serious pain. I finally mustered up all the strength I had and got myself to the office. Note that I haven't been to a dentist in almost 13 years, so I knew I have a mouth full of work. The moment I walked in, however, I was greeted by the sweetest receptionists I've ever met. They knew and called me by name, and reassured me that everything would be alright. After a near panic attack in the chair, the technician brought me a stuffed animal to squeeze the hell out of instead of me wringing the skin off my hands. She was extremely sweet and calming, she made me relax enough to laugh a little at her jokes, and was overall a really kind, sweet person to be around. The dentist himself wasn't at all judgey and was extremely professional and upfront about the work that I needed done. I was given a root canal and I didn't feel even a TWINGE of pain. They kept making sure I was okay every step of the way, and went above and beyond in my opinion with how sincere and accommodating they were. I had an amazing experience and cannot recommend this place enough. I have very little anxiety about going back too get my work completed. In fact, I am looking forward to finally having my smile back and being pain free. 12/10 would recommend!!!!"- T.C. / Foursquare / Jul 01, 2018
"I had a root canal and a permanent crown all in under three hours! Dr. Kenny was great. No pain during or after the procedure. I highly recommend this dentistry"- R.B. / Foursquare / Jul 01, 2015
"I'm so happy I am able to call Tupelo Smiles my dentist! Every single staff member from the front desk to the assistants working with the dentist are so incredible and considerate. I had to have a double root canal this week and it was a pleasant experience which isn't something I ever thought I would say. Dr. Kenny constantly checked on me and made sure I was comfortable. He also took his time making sure everything was perfect! I can't thank you and your staff enough!"- K.H. / Facebook / Jul 29, 2017
"I have been a patient of Dr, Kenney at Tupelo Smiles for several years. My first visit was to outline a game plan for how we were going to tackle a LOT of work that needed to be done. In no time at all, I had all the work complete and my mouth was amazing. I have had compliments on my teeth innumerable times. I have never been to a dentist who is as good at their job as he is. He is kind, efficient and a stickler for every detail of your smile and teeth. Heck, the guy can even do a root canal with virtually no pain!! The staff from the minute you are greeted at the front door, to the time you leave are happy, friendly and seem geniunely concerned about you! From the beverages and granola bars in the waiting room, to the tv's and music in the dental chairs - this is a dental practice unlike any other."- J.S. / Foursquare / Jul 01, 2014
An infection in the pulp of your tooth might be the result of a deep crack or cavity in the tooth or physical trauma. Some of the most common signs that you could have a tooth infection are tooth or jaw pain, swelling or a pimple-like bump on the gums, and changes in the color of the tooth. If the infected pulp is not treated, the pain and swelling can increase as the infection spreads into the bone surrounding your tooth roots. Schedule an appointment at Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at your earliest convenience if you feel or notice something abnormal in your mouth. If you have reservations or fears about going to the dentist, please do not hesitate to ask us about sedation dentistry to keep you calm and comfortable during your dental appointments.
What To Expect
Before your root canal visit, doctors Caron or Kenney will talk with you about the procedure and discuss your sedation options with you. We never want you to feel anxious, nervous, or fearful during your appointments at our office. Many individuals opt for nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation to help them feel more relaxed and at ease throughout a root canal procedure. Our team is very understanding of dental phobias and will try to help you make the appropriate decision on how to enjoy the most positive experience possible.
During the endodontic procedure, doctors Caron or Kenney will numb the area using a comfortable Single Tooth Anesthesia approach and then access the inner chamber of your tooth. Decayed pulp and damaged tooth structure will be carefully removed with special endodontic instruments. Next, the inside of the empty pulp chamber and internal portions of the tooth roots will be carefully sterilized to eliminate any bacteria. Once it is cleaned, the tooth is filled with a special material to seal and protect its structure. Teeth that have been treated with a root canal often require a dental crown, once fully healed, to strengthen and protect the tooth structure and restore proper function.
Depending on the type of sedation that was chosen, you might need to have a responsible adult drive you home after your appointment. You may experience some minor tenderness in your jaw, but this is a normal symptom and can be reduced with anti-inflammatory medications. Our office will schedule you for a follow-up visit so that Doctors Caron or Kenney can check to determine if the infection has been eliminated. Keeping up with daily brushing and flossing along with routine cleanings and exams can help to maintain a healthy smile after your root canal therapy.
Root Canal Therapy
Thanks to advances in the dental industry, root canals can be a simple, effective procedure to treat and save an infected tooth. In conjunction with different levels of sedation, your root canal at Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can be free from discomfort to avoid further tooth pain and more serious complications. Contact our staff in Tupelo, MS to schedule a consultation with doctors Caron or Kenney to learn more about root canal therapy and other ways to improve your dental health.