About Root Canal Therapy
If the soft inner area of the tooth (also known as pulp) becomes infected, it can cause a great deal of pain and the whole tooth begins to die if the infection is not removed. A root canal therapy by our dentists at DentalWorks - Louisville in Louisville, KY removes the infected pulp from the tooth, which can save the tooth and allow proper healing begin. To protect and strengthen the tooth after the pulp is taken out, a filling material can be injected inside the tooth or a dental crown can be placed over the tooth by our dentists. If the infection is not treated, other teeth can become infected, plus the bacteria may enter the blood stream and infect another parts of the body. At DentalWorks - Louisville in Louisville, KY, our dentists perform root canal therapies to help patients and restore their oral health.
"Thorough and professional service from a team dedicated to each patient’s dental well-being. I recommend Dr. Ryan, Kristen and the staff to anyone seeking an ongoing dental care plan."- C.P. / Google / Jun 02, 2018
"Ive been going to dental work for a number of years now and they have always been so nice andd friendly. My teeth were is very bad shape when i first came in and when i smiled i covered my mouth now i smile and let everyone see my teeth and they dont hurt like before.i will never stop going"- P.D. / Google / May 31, 2018
"Kristin is wonderful! She is thorough and makes you feel at ease."- H.T. / Google / May 27, 2018
"Made me feel comfortable taking the time to make me less anxious"- L.T. / Google / May 23, 2018
"Everybody I came into contact with here was awesome and very professional. I had been having terrible wisdom tooth pain (always fun) and they fit me in on the day I called to get it looked at. Getting my wisdom tooth out was relatively painless and Dr. Wofford was great to work with. They even worked with me on my lack of dental insurance and set me up to pay WAY less than I would've expected. I have always been anxious about the dentist, but everyone was so great here I would definitely recommend them to anyone."- M.C. / Yelp / May 21, 2018
What to Expect
A root canal treatment is usually performed with local anesthesia to numb the teeth and gums, plus our dentists may add sedation if needed. Our dentists will remove the pulp from the infected tooth or teeth, then our dentists will place a crown or inject filling material. Some patients are at higher risk of developing an infection (usually patients with heart problems like congenital defects and artificial heart valves, so our dentists may prescribe a round of antibiotics both before and after the root canal treatment.
If only local anesthesia is used, the patient will be able to drive and recover at home, but some sedation options may require the patient to have a responsible adult pick them up. Patients will have temporary numbness and some patients may have minor discomfort that can usually be treated with an over-the-counter painkiller. If a temporary crown was placed over the treated tooth, the permanent crown will be placed and fitted by our dentists at a separate appointment. After a root canal, oral care including brushing and flossing at home, as well as visits to DentalWorks - Louisville as recommended by our dentists are important to preserve the health of the treated tooth or teeth.
A root canal procedure is usually covered in part by the patient's dental insurance, but it may not cover extra expenses for emergency care. Our dentists at DentalWorks - Louisville in Louisville, KY accept many forms of payment and DentalWorks - Louisville can help patients with financing, as needed.
Plan Your Procedure
To relieve your pain and prevent more severe dental health problems, don't avoid talking to our dentists about root canal therapies. With modern dental equipment and techniques, as well as sedation options at DentalWorks - Louisville in Louisville, KY, repairing an infected tooth doesn't have to be uncomfortable or lengthy.