Do you have pain in your teeth, especially when you eat? If so, this could potentially be a sign of an infected tooth. Without treatment, you risk losing the tooth altogether. However, we can help patients in Independence, MO, with infected teeth. A root canal procedure stops the infection and restores your smile to optimal health, beauty, and function.
The Warning Signs of an Infected Tooth
How do you know if you have an infected tooth? The problem arises when a cavity or injury exposes the inner pulp, the living tissues that keep your tooth alive and healthy, to harmful bacteria. The tooth then becomes infected. People may experience toothaches and tooth sensitivity, pain when biting down or chewing, fever, swelling near the aching tooth, or even a discharge from the tooth itself. Don’t ignore these potential warning signs, let us known as soon as possible. The sooner we treat this serious oral health concern, the better.
Preserving Your Tooth
The procedure begins with the dentist administering anesthesia or sedation to help you remain calm and comfortable. We then open the tooth to remove the infected tissue. Afterward, we clean the inside of the tooth thoroughly before adding a restorative filling, typically gutta percha. After we cure the material, we cap the tooth with a custom-made dental crown. The crown looks natural and protects the tooth from further decay or infection. The procedure prevents the loss of your tooth and helps you maintain a healthy and natural looking smile, and may only take one visit to complete.
Preventing Further Pain
Following treatment, we will talk about ways to safeguard your smile against tooth decay and dental infection. For example, we may discuss proper brushing, which should happen twice a day and last two minutes. You also need to floss thoroughly before bed, and try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks. A routine exam every six months we often allow us to identify problems in the earliest stages, sometimes before you even experience discomfort. A cleaning then removes all plaque to keep teeth (and gums) healthy. If you have any questions about the root canal process, or about any pain in your smile, then let us know. We will see if you need treatment and help you obtain a healthy and beautiful smile.
Does Your Tooth Ache?
We can address an infection or abscessed tooth in one visit with endodontic treatment. For more information on our comfortable root canal procedure, or any of our other restorative treatment options, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Independence, Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, and all surrounding communities.