Root Canals

Dr. Peavler, Dr. Hall, and Dr. Powe, and our team at Central Kentucky Dental are Winchester, KY's go-to general dentist office for root canals. We combine years of education and real experience with a learning mindset, passionate staff, and a welcoming dental office.

Root Canals and Our Patientsillustration of root canal in KY

Dentists perform root canals to save teeth and stop the pain patients often experience. They become necessary when the root of the tooth has become colonized by bacteria, causing an infection.

Inside the tooth, the bacteria are protected from any attempt to clean them out from the outside. As they grow, they infect the nerve, which typically causes significant pain.

Left unchecked, the bacteria eventually kills the tooth and damages the gums and jawbone.

To prevent all this and save the tooth, a dentist will access it, as they would for a filling. Then go deeper into the root to remove all the affected tissue, clean the area, and fill it with a special material that prevents bacteria from colonizing the root again. 

Once fully healed, a successful root canal will stop the pain, though many patients report feeling relief right away.

Experiencing Debilitating Pain in Your Tooth?

If you are experiencing pain radiating from a tooth, it may need a root canal. If you need emergency relief from pain caused by an infected tooth in Winchester, KY, then contact us right away, and we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Do Root Canals Hurt?dentist showing a patient xray in KY

Contrary to their reputation as painful and unpleasant dental procedures, root canals should not hurt. The dentist will not perform the procedure on a patient until the affected tooth and surrounding gum are numb from anesthesia. 

While the patient may feel pressure during the procedure, there should be no pain.

For our patients who experience dental anxiety, we have sedation dentistry options with nitrous oxide to help ease them into a relaxed state.

Patients associate pain with root canals primarily because of the pain of deep root infection. Often when a patient needs a tooth-saving root canal, they feel immediate relief, and any lingering discomfort should subside within a few days as the body's natural healing defense takes over.

Once healing is complete, we will have you back in for a dental filling or crown to protect the treated tooth from further damage. A dental crown is always recommended if your tooth is vulnerable to future fracture. 

Contact Your Local Winchester Dentist

Dr. Peavler, Dr. Hall, Dr. Powe, and the team at Central Kentucky Dental invite you to contact them if you have any questions about root canals or would like to schedule a time to meet with one of them to discuss your dental needs.