When a tooth becomes infected, patients not only experience an increased risk of tooth loss, but serious discomfort as well. In order to save the tooth and address this discomfort, your Independence, MO, dentist may recommend endodontic treatment with a root canal. How do we use this unique restorative treatment to address infected teeth?
Discomfort and Infected Teeth
A dental infection or abscess could occur when harmful bacteria is allowed to come into contact with your inner pulp, the group of living tissues at the center of your tooth. Typically, the pulp is surrounded by layer of dentin and protected by the outermost layer of strong and durable tooth enamel. However, injury or poor oral hygiene could weaken or erode the enamel. A cavity will then form. Over time, the tooth decay could continue to grow and spread through the tooth until the pulp is exposed. Without treatment, the infection will grow more severe until the pulp dies and the tooth requires extraction to prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth. If you begin to experience tooth sensitivity or toothaches, fever or swelling near the tooth, pain when eating or a discharge from the tooth, let us know right away. Discomfort could point to the presence of cavities or an infected tooth.
The Root Canal Procedure
The root canal procedure enables our team to open the tooth and remove the infected pulp. We then clean the inside of the tooth and insert a restorative filling material. After we cure this material, we will cover the tooth with a crown. Not only will the crown prevent further decay and infection, but we design them to look natural and blend with your smile. To ensure your comfort throughout the procedure, our team will administer local anesthesia and may even discuss sedation options.
Let’s Avoid Infections and Abscesses
What can you do to safeguard your smile against an infection? Start by taking time each day to brush your teeth for two minutes when you wake up and again before going to bed. You should also floss prior to going to sleep. Make time to see us every six months, so we can watch for the warning signs of decay and also clean your teeth, which removes the plaque that could eventually weaken your outer enamel. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today!
Does Your Smile Need Restorative Care?
If you have an infected tooth, then you need care to prevent tooth loss. For more information on our approach to restorative dentistry, 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 Independence, Lee’s Summit, and all surrounding communities.