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.
"I always have a great experience at DentalWorks. Kristen does an amazing job."- D.K. / Yelp / Aug 29, 2019
"Alex always cleans my teeth quickly and thoroughly. His efficiency is second to none, as he expertly paves the way for the final boss, Dr. Ryan, to make his entrance and cheerfully deliver whatever exotic new flavor of horrible news his soul crushing crystal ball has concocted on behalf of my dental fate.It always ends well, though, when this top-notch dentist turns his anticavity superpowers against the forces of oral darkness, repels the evil marauders, heals the innocent victims, strengthens their enamel fortress, and ultimately thwarts disaster! 5/5!"- J.W. / Google / Aug 17, 2019
"The staff is awesome!! Love this place. They’re great with my 1 year old also. Would definitely recommend."- A.G. / Google / Aug 09, 2019
"I've been going to Dr. Ryan for years and years. 10 years ago I moved to Crestwood and it's not as convenient to go to the highlands anymore, but I do, if that tells you anything. I love it at Dentalworks. Everyone is nice and professional. Highly recommend"- C.T. / Google / Jul 29, 2019
"Looove my dental hygienist! She’s always friendly caring and gentle! 😀"- L.H. / Google / Jul 20, 2019
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.
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