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Robert M. Kelso, D.D.S. | Root Canal (Endodontics) in Knoxville


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Root Canal (Endodontics)


Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry, a reputation that is unfounded in modern dentistry. Root canals today are generally completely painless, and in most cases cause a person to feel better within a very short time. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.

In most cases, Dr. Kelso will refer patients needing a root canal to a specialist called an endodontist.  These are highly trained specialists who perform these procedures day in and day out with specialized equipment.  Our office has a very good relationship with the leading specialists in our area and are happy to help accomodate referrals.

The process for a root canal is fairly straightforward. The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. The dentist will then drill down into the tooth to create an opening into the canal. They will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space if filled with a sealant called gutta percha. Almost all teeth that have undergone a root canal procedure will require a crown to keep the tooth from eventually breaking down. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.

"Root canal" has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less "scary". Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe medication. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard. If you are experiencing pain consult your dentist today.


Knoxville Dentist | Root Canal (Endodontics). Robert M. Kelso, DDS is a Knoxville Dentist.