When you experience pain when eating, or aches and sensitivity that don’t subside after a day or two, there is a chance your tooth could be infected. Treatment is crucial for avoiding the complete loss of your tooth. In order to treat infections and return smiles to a healthier state, your Independence, MO, dentist may suggest a restorative treatment known as root canal therapy.
What Causes Infected Teeth?
Infection happens when the inner pulp comes into contact with bacteria. The pulp is your tooth’s nerve center, keeping it healthy and functioning. The pulp is surrounded by layers of dentin and protected by the outermost layer of tooth enamel. Trouble start when damage or poor oral health compromises the enamel, allowing bacteria to reach the dentin. The resulting cavity will grow with time until the pulp itself is exposed and an infection or abscess develops. People may notice pain when they bite down or chew, swelling around the aching tooth, a discharge from the tooth, fever, or a headache. If you encounter these symptoms, then please let us know a soon as possible.
The Risk of Tooth Loss
Unless treated, the infection could reach a state where the tooth is essentially dead. Unless the tooth is removed, the infection could move into surrounding teeth or the jawbone itself, leading to further trouble and a risk of additional tooth loss. Don’t risk a gap in your smile, talk to us when you experience persistent pain in one or more of your teeth. We can help preserve your smile’s health, stability, and beauty, often in as little as one visit.
Root Canal Therapy
The procedure involves first administering local anesthetic to the area around the tooth. For patients with dental anxiety, we could also discuss sedation options. We will carefully open the tooth to access and remove the infected tissue. After we extract the tissue, we clean the interior of the tooth and add a special restorative material. After we cure this material, we cap the tooth with a crown. Durable and lifelike in appearance, the restoration protects the tooth from further infection or damage and blends with your smile. Afterward, routine care, such as daily brushing and flossing and visits for checkups and cleanings twice a year, could help prevent further decay and allow you to avoid infected or abscessed teeth. If you have any questions, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Pain When You Eat?
If you would like to learn more about our approach to restorative dental care, 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 Blue Springs, Kansas City, and all surrounding communities.