Endodontics: Root Canals in Murfreesboro

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Sometimes referred to as “endodontics,” root canals can save a tooth even when its soft interior (called the “pulp chamber”) becomes infected. Root canals involve eliminating bacteria at its source, disinfecting, and applying a filling before sealing it.

There are several indications as to whether or not you might need a root canal:

  • Hot and cold sensitivity that lingers after the hot or cold item is no longer present
  • Cracked or chipped tooth
  • Sharp, severe pain when chewing
  • Dark or decayed tooth

Root canals can address these issues and take stress off the surrounding teeth that have over-compensated for the affected tooth.

A fully mature tooth can survive without its pulp, and Cosmetic Dentistry of Murfreesboro believes in saving a tooth or teeth whenever possible. This is one reason why endodontics patients prefer to come to us for root canals in Murfreesboro.

Don’t they hurt?

Once upon a time, root canals were avoided because they were considered by many to be among some of the most painful dental procedures. With today’s technology, the “dreaded root canal” is a thing of the past.

Start by scheduling a free consultation to determine whether you actually need a root canal. Dr. Greg Nicholson will carefully examine your teeth, discuss all options available to you, and make his professional recommendation. In rare cases, he may refer you to a specialist if necessary.

When you arrive for your root canal procedure, we will make every effort to keep you comfortable and relaxed. Please let us know if there is something specific we can do.

If you’ve ever had a cavity filled or tooth pulled, you can expect your root canal procedure to “feel” the same way, with anesthesia and similar recovery periods. Once we clean out what’s bothering your tooth, it will continue to function without the pain and sensitivity you were likely experiencing before the procedure.

Most root canals are accomplished in one appointment, but in rare cases, two appointments may be required. Once the anesthesia wears off, you may feel some soreness for a few hours, but it should be mild.

Known as the “Gentle Giant” dentist in Murfreesboro, Dr. Nicholson takes great care to make root canal procedures as pain-free as possible—so expect him to take a few extra minutes to address any concerns you may have, and walk you through each step of the root canal process. And because patient education is one of the most valuable ways we equip our patients, he will review things to avoid or look for in order to maximize your healing.

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What else makes us the best place for dental veneers in Murfreesboro?

We respect your time and preferences:

  • No double-bookings (whole-family appointments are available)
  • No waiting for us—but no rush for you
  • No stairs to climb, even outside
  • No hunting, stalking, or squeezing for a parking space

Dr. Nicholson and his team are the stand-out favorite for porcelain veneers in Murfreesboro. In fact, Cosmetic Dentistry of Murfreesboro has received the esteemed Ruthies® award five years running as Rutherford County’s favorite dentist!

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Because we are a locally owned and operated cosmetic dentistry office in Murfreesboro, each step of your patient experience is guided by a live human being (remember those?). For your convenience, you may download paperwork or book appointments online . . . but we’re not a chain, nor owned by an outside investor, so you remain our top priority.

How much does a root canal cost?

While the price of a root canal will vary based on the degree of infection and its location, root canals are usually less expensive than having the tooth completely extracted and replaced with a bridge or implant.

Root canals are covered by a lot of dental insurance plans, and we’re happy to file your claim; however, we strongly encourage you to check with your provider in advance of your first appointment regarding any network requirements.

Cosmetic Dentistry of Murfreesboro also accepts payment in cash, checks, and most major credit cards.  Affordable payment plans and online payments are also available through CareCredit®.

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