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. / Google / Nov 11, 2018
"Going to Tupelo Smiles is a level above any other dentist visit I've ever experienced. When you walk in the door, you're treated like you matter. You’re greeted with a big smile and they know you by name. The entire staff cares about you and making sure you receive the best quality of care possible. I avoided going to the dentist for a few years because of fears I had built up in my head, which only resulted in having a long list of procedures to be done. The scary, big word kind of stuff. Now, two years later, I'm almost done with the check list and have been so pleased with the entire staff. Dr. Kenney is such a knowledgeable, kind dentist and answers all your questions (of which I had about 2,000) and always goes the extra mile to make sure you're pain free and informed of what's going on. He constantly asks “are you okay?” which means the world to me since I still get a little nervous at each visit, even though deep down I know everything will be fine. If you start to feel any sort of discomfort, he immediately fixes it. I've worked with so many of his staff throughout my numerous visits, and all have been extremely kind to me. A few stick out to me: Sam is a treasure. You know how they bring in therapy dogs to calm down anxiety-ridden people that have trouble dealing with stuff? Sam is like that, but in human form. She's always smiling, pleasant, and makes the visit to the dentist fun (if that's possible?) Her demeanor shows that she loves what she does; she loves working with people, and is good at her job. There have been many times I've been there in pain and just her cheery atmosphere started me to feeling better. It’s something you can’t train an employee to have, they just have it naturally. Also, I have to mention Amber. There was a really tough root canal I had last year. The cavity was deep, hard to reach, and a challenge for everyone. I started to panic in the middle of it and she was able to calm me in a sort of mother-like way that made all the chaos stop, allowed Dr. Kenney to finish, and everything was fine. It's hard to put into words how she comforted me that day but I will never forget how easily she got me to chill out in the middle of a difficult procedure. Finally, Harmony in the billing dept. As I said, I've had a TON of trips to the dentist for my work. She's sat down with me countless times and went through what I had to pay for, what insurance would and would not cover, helped me get a payment plan going with a finance company, and always worked with me with patience and exact info. She knows her numbers. And that's a biggie when you have a folder of EOB's and bills and have lost track of what you owe and what you have upcoming. I hate to only mention 3, because there have been so many visits that I've had where I might not have even caught the assistant's name due to me feeling bad or just having encountered so many, but everyone I've ever come in contact with from the front desk to the dental chair has helped me beyond words. I have referred anyone that will listen to go here. I think I can sum it up like this: during one visit last year as I was waiting in the chair to get a procedure going, I heard some of the ladies chatting behind me and I could feel the level of respect and teamwork they all shared and I had the realization that working there must be so rewarding because of how they get along, get their jobs done, and make people feel more healthy and confident with their smiles in a world that puts so much stock into "face value." When I heard how they worked together and had fun while being so good at what they do, it hit me how working there would be such a dream job because of all of these factors combined. The whole staff is top notch, and I highly recommend them if you're choosing a dentist. You won't regret it; in fact, if you're like me, you'll wonder why you waited so long to make the appointment."- C.A. / Google / Nov 11, 2018
"I would highly recommend this dental office to anyone! Dr. Kenney and his staff went above and beyond to make my visit wonderful! It was by far the easiest root canal ever! Thanks for your prompt attention to my toothache!"- R.R. / Google / Nov 11, 2018
"I was terrified of the dentist and I had to get a root canal. Dr. Kenny and his staff were AWESOME! They took great care of me and I literally felt NO pain the entire time. They give you a nice blanket and I almost slept through a root canal! I have definitely finally found a dentist home ❤️"- T.G. / Facebook / Jul 15, 2020
"I came in Wednesday today get an temporary crown. I’m always nervous about coming to the dentist and Lorie and Sam did an awesome job with keeping me clam and relaxed. Thanks again ladies!!!!-"- L.F. / Facebook / May 05, 2021
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.