If you have serious pain in your smile, such as when you eat, then you may have more than a cavity, you may have a dental infection. Without treatment, this issue could impact your smile’s health and even increase the risk of tooth loss. In order to stop the pain and preserve the tooth, we may offer patients in Olathe, KS, a root canal.
The Dangers of an Infected Tooth
In the center of our tooth sits a group of living tissues known as the pulp. Our pulp oversees the flow of blood and nutrients to and from the tooth, keeping it healthy. When bacteria reach the pulp, an infection begins. In severe cases, the infection could cause the pulp to die, which essentially kills the tooth. Infection then spreads to surrounding teeth or into the jawbone itself. An infection occurs when poor oral hygiene or damage causes a cavity to form. Without treatment, the cavity grows and spreads through the tooth until bacteria is given access to the pulp. Symptoms may include pain when eating, aches and sensitivity in a tooth, swelling near an aching tooth, a discharge from the tooth, or fever. Don’t ignore these symptoms, let us know right away so we can perform a root canal.
Restoring Smiles with Endodontic Treatment
We begin by administering anesthesia. We may also discuss sedation options for patients with anxiety. Next, we open the tooth and remove the infected tissue from within. We clean the inside of your tooth and apply a restorative material known as gutta percha. After we cure the material, we place a crown. In as little as one visit, we remove the infected tissue and protect the tooth from becoming lost and spreading infection.
Ensuring a Natural Appearance
The crown we cap the tooth with will be custom-made, often employing lifelike materials, such as porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal, which mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel while providing a strong and dependable restoration. In fact, the crown is able to withstand and absorb bite forces and other common pressures. We also often use these restorations to repair damaged teeth. If you have any questions about the root canal procedure, or if you fear your tooth has become infected, then please contact our team today. We’ll perform an exam to see if you require treatment and create a personalized plan to address your oral health concerns.
DO YOU HAVE AN INFECTED TOOTH?
If you experience persistent pain in your smile especially when eating, please let us know. For more information on our treating infected teeth with a root canal, schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, and all surrounding communities.