If you have a serious dental infection, then the risk of losing your tooth altogether becomes more likely. To prevent tooth loss and the spread of an infection, then you need to talk to your Independence, MO, dentist about root canal therapy. With this unique and comfortable restorative treatment, we can repair an infected tooth and preserve your smile.
The Causes of an Infected Tooth
At the center of our tooth sits a collection of living tissues known as the pulp. Your pulp preserves the flow of blood and nutrients to and from your tooth, keeping it alive and healthy. Typically, your pulp is well protected, surrounded by thick layers of porous dentin and safeguarded by tooth enamel, the outermost layer of the tooth and hardest substance in the human body. However, should poor oral hygiene or an injury erode or damage enamel, then bacteria can reach the dentin. A cavity then forms, which unless treated, continues to grow and spread. You begin to experience toothaches and tooth sensitivity. When the bacteria reach the pulp, an infection begins, leading to pain when chewing, fever, swelling near the tooth, and a discharge from the tooth. Without treatment, the pulp dies, which essentially kills the tooth and enables bacteria to reach other surrounding teeth.
The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
A root canal procedure halts the infection. After we administer a local anesthetic, we open the tooth and remove the infected tissue from within. We next clean the interior of the tooth thoroughly before applying a restorative filling material. After we cure the material, it’s time for the final step. We create and place a custom-made dental crown, which covers the entire visible portion of your tooth. We often create crowns from lifelike materials, such as ceramic, to ensure a natural appearance. In one visit, we can restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile, and protect your overall oral health. For those worried about the procedure, most people find the experience comfortable and comparable to receiving a simple dental filling.
Preventing Decay and Infected Teeth
What steps can one take to avoid the onset of a cavity or infection completely? First, if a tooth becomes damaged, never wait, see us right away. We may be able to repair the tooth in one visit with dental bonding, or place a custom crown, preventing the onset of decay or an infected tooth. You also need to take proper care of your smile, which means brushing and flossing daily, and seeing us every six months for checkups and cleanings.
Do You Have Questions About Root Canal Therapy?
Treatment can help prevent an infected tooth from leading to tooth loss and poor oral health. For more information on our restorative procedures then 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 Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.