Root Canals

Knoxville Root Canal Therapy

Eliminate Pain & Save Your Tooth

Although root canal strikes fear in the hearts of many patients, there have been many improvements in this procedure over the years, decreasing the difficulty previously associated with root canals. A root canal procedure can actually relieve your pain, eliminate infected tissue and save the tooth. At Family Dentistry of Knoxville, Dr. Jason A. Phillips provides root canals in Knoxville to alleviate your pain and preserve your natural tooth. Because we know that root canal procedures make many of our patients anxious, we strive to provide a stress-free environment such as providing TVs to watch and encourage you to bring earphones to drown out the sounds of our tools. Our talented dentist is also reassuring and highly skilled in the field. Dr. Jason A. Phillips can make sure your root canal procedure will go smoothly with little to no pain at all.

Contact our office at (865) 383-1017 to schedule an appointment to learn more about root canal and our other dental treatments and procedures.

When Root Canal Is Needed

Root canal may be needed when inflammation and infection reach the center of the tooth, known as the dentin. In typical cavities, decay has only affected the surface layers of the tooth. The decayed material is removed and a filling is used. However, when the decay is not treated, it continues to infect the tooth, eventually reaching the pulp. When this happens, a root canal becomes necessary.

Signs that a root canal may be needed include:

  • Pain
  • Sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Swelling of the surrounding tissues
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Pain or tenderness when chewing or touching the affected tooth

The root canal procedure begins with a local anesthetic to make our patients comfortable. An opening is made in the tooth and small, specialized instruments are used to clean the pulp and infected tissue from inside the tooth and root canals. Once all the infected tissue has been removed, the space is cleaned, filled, and sealed with a build-up to strengthen the tooth in preparation for the crown.

Dental Care Following Treatment

While root canals in Knoxville work to remove infected and inflamed tissue, this procedure alone may not fully protect the tooth. Often, the tooth will be more susceptible to cracking and breaking after a root canal. For this reason, it will be necessary to cover the tooth with a crown to restore it to full function. Dr. Jason A. Phillips can recommend the best way to care for your tooth after root canal therapy.

If you have any of the signs that a root canal may be needed, we encourage you to contact us at (865) 383-1017 to schedule an appointment.

Patient Testimonials

Opinions That Matter the Most
  • “Dr Phillips makes me super comfortable and his skills are top-notch. Their hygienist Nicole is gentle and explains everything so thoroughly. Love this office!”

    - Sondra W.
  • “If you are looking for a dentist and a dental staff who are professional, friendly, caring, and treat you like family, look no further! From the second you walk in and until you leave, you will experience top-of-line dental care in a family atmosphere.”

    - Rachel B.
  • “My dentist is the best! I have never felt more like a family in a medical office like I do here. I recommend them to everyone and will continue to do so!”

    - Kristine S.

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Why Choose Us?

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  • Experienced & Expert Team

    Our skilled team of oral care experts have been caring for the community for over a decade.

  • Comfortable Environment

    Our kind team utilizes a minimally invasive approach to make sure our patients are comfortable.

  • Financing Options Available

    Our office offers affordable monthly payments and convenient financing plans.

  • Advanced Technology

    We use the most advanced, state of the art equipment for outstanding dental care.