Dental Root Canals in Chattanooga, TN

Dental Root Canals are never fun, but we do our best to make this as comfortable an experience as possible.  We offer multiple forms of pain management.  Laughing Gas and Conscious Sedation are available 🙂 


Proudly serving East Brainerd and Chattanooga, TN, and surrounding areas!  We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about this procedure, but please also feel free to read below to go into more detail.


Dental Root Canals

Root Canals are never fun, but we make this as simple a process as possible for you.

  • Same Day Crowns can be done at the same time you are having your root canal done.
  • Laughing Gas, or Nitrous Oxide available.
  • Conscious Sedation available.
  • Root Canals are a great way to keep a damaged tooth.
  • Natural looking replacement options.

The Process

Scaling and Root Planing is usually broken up into 2 appointments.  We also usually do the right side, or left side, so you have a side to chew on afterwards.  Plan on staying for about 2 hours each of the 2 sides, though we are usually done faster.  Many people are able to do this procedure with topical anesthetic, but we can also give stronger anesthetic.  We also offer nitrous to help you relax and also offer conscious sedation.

Typically this appointment is 1 or 2 weeks after the first appointment.  Just like previous side, plan on staying for about 2 hours, but we will likely be done in a similar amount of time as the first scaling and root planing appointment.  Recovery can be expected to be about the same as the other side.  We will also be doing a post-op on the previous side and might do a bit of additional clean up on the previous side.

4 to 6 weeks after the periodontal treatment is completed on the final side, we will do a re-evaluation appointment to see how well the teeth and gums are responding to the therapy.  We will determine if more surgery, additional scaling, antibiotics, or other treatments are required.  If you are responding well, you will likely be placed on periodontal maintenance in between your regular cleanings.

Approximately 3 months after the final side of Scaling and Root Planing was finished, you will be due for Periodontal Maintenance.  Full recovery from periodontal disease takes at least a year.  As such, at least 2 periodontal maintenance appointments are needed the first year, in between the regular cleanings.  The periodontal maintenance appointments are slightly more in depth that the regular cleaning and are meant to refine and finalize the periodontal surgery.  Often times minor areas that were obscured by inflamed gum are more visible, allowing much better refinement.  This is a wonderful sign as it will mean your gums are healing.

The final stage of the process will be to go back to just regular cleanings.  On average this takes 2 years, but it is not uncommon to be released at the 1 year mark.  That is usually very dependent on home factors.

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2 Implant Retained Denture

This includes the cost of 2 implants, the abutments, the attachments, and the implant retained denture.

4 Implant Retained Denture

This includes the cost of 4 implants, the abutments, the attachments, and the implant retained denture.

Replacement Inserts/O-rings

There are o-ring like devices, inside the housings of the implant retained denture, that, every 6 months to 2 years, have to be replaced.  Pricing is for per insert, so for 4, it would be $100.


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We are in network with Delta Dental, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Metlife.  We do accept all other major PPO plans, but we are not in network with any DMO style plans or TennCare.


This procedure is necessary when plaque and tartar build up under the gumline, leading to gum disease. Scaling and root planing helps to prevent the progression of gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.  Periodontal disease can be a silent disease until the teeth start falling out, which is why it is important to come for your regular dental cleanings.  Bone and periodontal ligament damage tends to be permanent, and only managed moving forward, so it's important to stop the process and then manage it early.

Regular dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar from above the gum line. Scaling and root planing is a more intensive cleaning that targets the area below the gum line, where more serious gum disease occurs.

Some discomfort may be experienced during scaling and root planing, but local anesthesia can be used to minimize pain. We also offer nitrous oxide and conscious sedation if you have dental anxiety or if the procedure is expected to be lengthy.


The procedure is typically broken up into 2 appointments for the actual Scaling and Root Planing, this is because most people prefer to only have one side worked on at a time. Each session typically lasts about an hour and a half, and there is an hour follow up appointment that is similar to a prophy and is intended as a re-evaluation and touch up about a month after the final side is treated.

After the procedure, you may experience some sensitivity and swelling in your gums. These symptoms typically subside within a few days. Good oral hygiene and possibly a follow-up visit can help ensure a successful outcome.  Desensitizing toothpastes, such as Sensodyne, tend to help.

Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing once daily before bed. Your dentist may also recommend a special mouthwash to help control infection and promote healing.  This medication is known as Peridex, or Chlorohexidine.

Most dental insurance plans cover scaling and root planing as it is a necessary procedure for treating gum disease. However, coverage can vary, so it's best to check with your insurance provider.  We will do this for you as well when you provide us your insurance information, but we sometimes receive bad information, or plans change, so we do stress that our plans are estimates, very good, constantly updated estimates, but estimates nonetheless.

Risks are minimal but can include infection and temporary increased sensitivity. Following your dentist's post-procedure care instructions can help minimize these risks.

The frequency of scaling and root planing depends on the severity of your gum disease. Some patients may need the procedure only once, while others with chronic gum disease might require more frequent treatments.  Ideally we treat the diseases, and get you to a manageable point, and then maintain, but this is subject to multiple factors, of course.

While scaling and root planing can effectively manage gum disease, it does not completely cure it, especially in advanced cases. Ongoing maintenance and regular dental visits are crucial for long-term gum health.

Ignoring the need for scaling and root planing can lead to the progression of gum disease, potentially resulting in tooth loss, bone damage, and other serious oral health issues.  Bleeding gums and bad breath are two of the most common early side effects.

Scaling and root planing is safe for most patients. However, those with certain health conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, should inform us, as these conditions can affect the safety and effectiveness of the procedure. We might have to reach out to your primary physician to see if there are any additional precautions we should take. 

Prevention includes regular dental cleanings, good oral hygiene practices at home, and a healthy diet. Avoiding smoking and managing health conditions like diabetes can also reduce the risk of gum disease.  Flossing once a day, or using a water flosser once a day is critical as well.


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