An infected tooth can cause severe discomfort. If left untreated, bacteria will continue to spread, and the infection could impact your gums and nearby teeth. Root canal therapy at our Memphis practice may be the best way to treat your discomfort and save your smile. During this treatment, Dr. Timothy Hacker will clean out all bacteria and restore your tooth with a custom-made dental crown. Dr. Hacker has years of experience performing root canals. His precise techniques yield consistently good results with minimal discomfort. If you think you may be suffering from an infected tooth, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Your dental roots and nerves are encased in root canals. Your nerves run from these canals into the soft pulp inside your tooth. When this pulp becomes infected, the nerve may also become infected, and this can cause immense discomfort. Additionally, as the infection grows worse, you may develop an abscess at the end of your root. This pus-filled pocket can cause swelling, bad breath, and discharge. Root canal therapy is designed to eliminate bacteria, end your discomfort, and stop the spread of infection.

The Root Canal Procedure

To perform a root canal, Dr. Hacker will numb your tooth and surrounding gum tissue with local anesthesia. He offers a unique type of anesthesia that makes the injections virtually pain-free. Additionally, he also provides several types of sedation. Thanks to Dr. Hacker’s precise techniques, most patients do not require further sedation. However, if you are particularly anxious about your treatment, these medications can be an excellent solution.

Once you are comfortable, Dr. Hacker will create a small access chamber in the top of your tooth. Through this chamber, he will remove all bacteria and infected debris from your tooth and root canals. He will also reshape the root canals, and if needed, he will clean the inside of your tooth with an antibiotic solution. Then he will fill your tooth and root canals with gutta percha, a soft rubber compound. To complete your procedure, Dr. Hacker will place a dental crown. We work with an outstanding lab, which fabricates highly lifelike crowns made from the latest materials. Thanks to our advanced techniques, your newly restored tooth will blend seamlessly with your smile.

Root canal therapy can be completed in a single appointment. At this initial appointment, Dr. Hacker can take measurements for a dental crown, which can be placed during a second appointment.

Treatment Benefits

If you are suffering from an infected tooth, root canal therapy can eliminate your discomfort and help you get back to the activities you love. Additionally, without treatment, the infection could continue to spread, eventually causing gum disease, bone recession, and widespread tooth loss. Thanks to our gentle, effective root canal therapy, you could enjoy renewed dental health for years to come.

We are committed to your convenience, and when you undergo treatment with us, you will also benefit from our efficient, detail-oriented care. Dr. Hacker will perform most of the treatment at a single appointment, and he will take impressions of your tooth for crown fabrication. When you return for your second appointment, he will simply need to attach the crown. Then you can enjoy full dental functionality and a rejuvenated smile.