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Baton Rouge Dentists For Root Canal Treatment

If you have a tooth that has suffered trauma or excessive decay, you should know that you can still save that tooth! Come see our team in Baton Rouge to investigate the possibility of a root canal to restore your tooth’s health and save your smile. Millions of teeth across the globe are saved each year through root canals and endodontic treatments.

Anatomy of your Tooth – let’s get to the root of things

To better understand root canals and endodontics, it helps to know a little bit about tooth anatomy. Most people are familiar with the outer layer of enamel, but did you know that under that rests a hard layer of dentin? Nestled inside, carefully protected, is a soft tissue known as the pulp.

This pulp protects blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue; it also creates hard tissue that surrounds a tooth during development. The pulp connects the crown of the tooth to the roots; it is essential during growth and development. However, a fully-matured tooth can survive without its pulp because it is nourished by the surrounding tissue. When decay or infection break through the enamel and dentin layers to expose the pulp, you need a root canal to avoid severe swelling, abscesses, pain, and other ensuing problems.

Why Get a Root Canal?


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When the pulp of your tooth is exposed and infected, the only options are root canal or extraction. Trauma or injury to the tooth, severe decay, and infection from periodontal disease all point to the need for a root canal.

Tooth extraction is avoided whenever possible, as it can lead to bone loss, teeth shifting, poor function, and poor aesthetics, opening up the need for dental reconstruction through other means like implants. Root canals are the preferred treatment because they allow you to keep your tooth and preserve the bone underneath it. Our dentists follow careful, proven, and trusted methods to ensure a safe root canal treatment, sealing off the potential for further damage and helping restore the tooth in question.

How Do I Know if I need a Root Canal?

Only your dentist can officially diagnose a need for a root canal, but knowing and recognizing the symptoms can help prepare you for the consultation. The most common symptoms of an infected pulp are a random throbbing pain in the jaw, pain with pressure, extreme sensitivity to hot or cold, and the presence of a fistula (small bubble of pus) on the gums in front of the infected tooth.

If you are concerned with any of the above symptoms, call us today here at Tiger Smile Family Dentistry and set up an exam. In addition to the exam, our dentist will take digital radiographs to check for a darkened area that indicates infection at the root tip. Our team will determine if you need a root canal – one of the trusted Baton Rouge endodontics treatment and after this procedure, we will also recommend applying a crown to the tooth to protect it from fracturing.

When You Need to Get a Root Canal…

Remember: Root canals don’t cause pain— they relieve it. However, we understand that undergoing the procedure can be uncomfortable, especially if an infection is involved. For that, our dentist will be able to prescribe an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Our experienced Baton Rouge dental professionals are knowledgeable in careful methods and procedures for a safe root canal treatment. We understand your worries and anxiety regarding root canal procedures. Our staff will work with you to ensure you are comfortable and confident in the chair; you can rest easy in the experienced hands of Tiger Smile Family Dentistry. Every patient is different when it comes to dealing with our procedure, so we’ll make sure to adjust to your needs. Don’t hesitate to talk to us, especially if you’re not fully comfortable.

What to Expect

After your initial consultation, our team will set a procedural appointment for you. The first step is to remove any infected or inflamed pulp:

  1.  An opening is made in the tooth’s crown.
  2.  Files & treatment fluids are used.
  3.  The roots of the tooth are filled to prevent reinfection.
  4.  A temporary filling will be placed in the opening of the tooth.

It’s essential that you be gentle with your teeth after the initial treatment. Do not bite or chew with your teeth; do brush and floss regularly. You will set a follow-up appointment to return and have a crown installed over the treated tooth for protection, after which you can chew regularly again. Once the entire procedure is complete, you should continue to visit regularly for cleanings and other preventative care.

Take the First Step with Tiger Smile Family Dentistry

Tiger Smile Family Dentistry is nestled near the heart of Baton Rouge. We pride ourselves on forming solid relationships with our clients— your dental health is our top priority. Come and see us anytime, especially during a dental emergency.

  • You can still save that tooth! Come see our team in Baton Rouge to investigate the possibility of a Root Canal to restore your tooth’s health
  • Our dentists follow careful, proven, and trusted methods to ensure a safe root canal treatment, sealing off the potential for further damage and helping restore the tooth in question
  • Our caring staff will work with you to ensure you are comfortable and confident in the chair; you can rest easy in the experienced hands of Tiger Smile Family Dentistry

Our caring staff will work closely with you to alleviate any discomfort and take the steps needed to restore your dental health. Call us today to set an appointment!

Driving directions — conveniently located

429 E Airport Ave Suite 3, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Business hours

Monday & Wednesday – 8am to 5pm
Tuesday & Thursday – 7am to 3pm
Friday to Sunday – Closed

Tiger Smile Family Dentistry is 17 minutes away from Pete Maravich Assembly Center and 11 minutes away from St Joseph Cathedral.

Directions from Pete Maravich Assembly Center – Head southwest on N Stadium Drive and turn right onto Nicholson Drive. Contonue onto St Louis St and then turn right onto Government St. Continue straight onto Independence Blvd and use the middle lane to turn left onto E Airport Ave.

Directions from St Joseph Cathedral – Head south on N 4th St toward Main St and then turn left onto Florida St. Turn right onto S Wooddale Blvd and then continue onto E Airport Ave.

About Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is French for “Red Stick” and is the capital of the state of Louisiana. It is the state’s second-largest city. The city is situated along the Mississippi River. One of the must-see’s here is the state’s Old State Capitol that overlooks the river.

With such rich culture, there are so many things to see here. The food, on the other hand, is bursting with delicious Southern-style flavors. The festivals that take place here are fun especially that all-year you can enjoy warm weather.

Useful resources (Louisiana Dental Association)

4.0 Rating From 1 Reviews.
on 15, Feb 2018
I was dreadful of my root canal procedure when I visited a dentist near my place and she told me that I needed to get a root canal. Of course, I didn't want to go through with it because I heard it's painful so I settled for a second opinion. I visited Tiger Smile & they said the same thing. The difference is, when I was talking to the dentist who will do the procedure, I felt at ease right away. He explained everything to me so I will be more prepared & knowing the actual procedure somehow made me feel comfortable because I have an idea of what's going to happen and how long it's going to take. During the procedure, there was some discomfort of course, but the process went smoothly & as gentlly as possible. And because of that, I never switched dentists. And I highly recommend this endodontist if you're in Baton Rouge and you need a root canal procedure!
Nona Fitz

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