When a tooth is infected, this could mean serious discomfort and without treatment, even the loss of a tooth or the spread of infection! To stop the infection and protect the smile, then your Kansas City, MO, dentist may suggest a root canal. This endodontic treatment could restore your tooth to full function, health, and beauty.
The Causes of Infected Teeth
An infection means that harmful bacteria has made contact with the inner pulp, the group of living tissues that keeps your tooth functional and healthy. This could be due to a cracked or chipped tooth, or as a result of cavities or teeth grinding exposing the inner tissues to harmful oral bacteria. Without treatment, the issue could grow in severity. You could have pain when biting down or eating, toothaches and tooth sensitivity, swelling near the tooth, or a discharge from the tooth. If you encounter one or more of these common symptoms, then see us right away to avoid tooth loss!
Treatment with a Root Canal
If we discover infection or an abscess when we examine your smile, we will then administer a numbing agent tot eh area where the root canal procedure will occur. We also have sedation to help our patients with dental anxiety! Next, we need to open the tooth itself to access and remove the infected tissues from within. Afterward, we clean the interior of the tooth thoroughly and add a special restorative material. The tooth is then capped with a crown to protect it from further injury. The crown is also designed to blend with the rest of your smile and absorb daily bite forces! In one visit, we can offer relief and prevent the spread of infection to other parts of your smile.
Steps to Preserve Your Smile
You can also take measures to help limit the risk of future cavities and infected teeth. For example, see us every six months so we can monitor your smile and remove all harmful plaque and tartar buildup. At home, be sure your brush and floss daily to remove harmful particles and bacteria. We also suggest you cut back on the consumption of sugar heavy foods and drinks. If you have any questions about diagnosing and treating an issue like infected teeth, or if you think you may benefit from a root canal procedure, then contact our team to learn more!
Talk To Your Kansas City, MO Dentist About Restoring Infected Teeth
Our team wants to prevent tooth loss due to an intreated dental infection. If you would like learn more about endodontic treatment options or any of our other restorative procedures, try scheduling an appointment by calling Plaza Family Dentistry in Kansas City, MO, at (816) 531-8000.