Root Canal

Severe pain, swollen gums, and hot and cold sensitivity can be symptoms of an infected tooth, meaning you might need a root canal. 

Root canal treatment is performed to remove a harmful infection. Worried that the procedure might hurt? 

Dr. Shannon Patterson in Brookhaven, MS, performs virtually painless root canals using modern dental technology and sedation...

Root Canal Treatment: Before and After

Infected tooth vs. tooth after tooth canal therapy

Don't I Need a Special Dentist for a Root Canal?

No. While many dentists refer patients needing a root canal to a specialist called an endodontist, Dr. Patterson is an experienced and trusted general and cosmetic dentist who is completely qualified to perform this procedure. You can avoid the hassle of making a separate appointment with an endodontist when Dr. Patterson can take care of your dental issues safely, comfortably, and effectively at his Brookhaven, MS, office.

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Dr. Shannon Patterson - In Practice Since 1996

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We drive from Natchez to Brookhaven to see Dr. Patterson. He does wonderful on my boyfriend's teeth. Dr. Patterson and his staff educate you before each procedure so you know exactly what is about to happen. The facility is high tech and they take pride in cleanliness. I highly recommend Brookhaven Dental Center.

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I've been going to Brookhaven Dental Center for several years and am very pleased with the care I receive there. The staff is always polite and cheerful. I have never had to wait past my scheduled appointment time to be seen. They are thorough and caring and I will continue to use this dental center for all my dental needs.

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Signs You May Need a Root Canal

The early stages of an infection often have no symptoms, meaning the signs don't show up until interior dental tissue has been affected. This makes it all the more important to schedule regular dental care check-ups with Dr. Patterson at his Brookhaven, MS, office. He can identify oral health problems as early as possible and provide timely treatment. Symptoms include:

  • Toothache
  • Sudden bad taste/bad breath
  • Red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Heightened sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Pain when chewing
  • Lesions on the gum tissue

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment Performed by Dr. Patterson

Virtually Pain-Free 

Dr. Patterson administers local anesthesia to make you extremely comfortable during the procedure. 

Natural-Looking Results

Dr. Patterson only uses high-quality fillings and dental restorations at his Brookhaven, MS, practice, so your repaired tooth will look and feel natural.


Most insurance plans will cover at least a portion of the cost of a root canal. Any out-of-pocket expenses you have to pay will almost certainly be less than the cost of receiving an implant.

The Procedure

Local anesthesia is administered for your comfort. Sedation is available at your request.
Dr. Patterson will create a tiny hole in the exterior of the tooth so he can access the pulp.
Small dentistry instruments are inserted to remove nerves, blood vessels, and other infected tissues. Internal surfaces are thoroughly disinfected to remove all bacteria.
Dr. Patterson then fills the root canals and pulp chamber with a non-allergenic thermoplastic material called gutta percha. 
The tooth is sealed to prevent reinfection and restored with a tooth-colored filling or dental crown. A post may be added inside the tooth for extra stability and reinforcement.

What Is Recovery Like?

  • You may experience slight discomfort or sensitivity over the first few days. These mild side effects can be managed with prescription medications or over-the-counter pain relievers.
  • Most patients can return to normal activities immediately. However, if sedation is used, patients should rest at home until the effects wear off.

How Can I Prevent Infected Teeth?

Though it is not always possible to prevent dental infections, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk. In addition to daily brushing and flossing, the best thing you can do is visit Dr. Patterson in Brookhaven, MS, regularly for exams and cleanings. This allows your dentist to detect and treat oral health problems early before they progress. We welcome patients from Auburn and throughout Lincoln County.

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Brookhaven Dental Center

Dr. Shannon P. Patterson and the team at Brookhaven Dental Center provide high-quality, compassionate care so that patients in Auburn, Lincoln County, and surrounding areas can enjoy brilliant smiles for a lifetime. We are affiliated with several organizations, including: 

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics
  • Phi Kappa Phi

To learn more about our services or schedule a consultation, call us at (601) 833-0746 or request an appointment online.

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