When a tooth becomes infected, or develops an abscess, then a filling may not be enough to treat it and prevent further complications. Instead, keeping your smile whole could mean you need an endodontic procedure known as a root canal. In today’s blog, your Olathe, KS, dentists want to talk about the root canal process.
Losing a Tooth to an Infection or Injury
An infection means that harmful oral bacteria has reached the nerve center of your tooth, known as the pulp, which sits at the center of your tooth and oversees the flow of nutrients and blood through the root canals. This could happen due to advanced tooth decay or a serious injury to the tooth. Warning signs could include pain when you bite down or chew, toothaches and sensitivity, headaches, jaw pain, and swelling near the tooth. Without treatment, this could kill the pulp and effectively the tooth as well. An extraction could then be prescribed to protect the rest of your smile from the spread of infection!
To protect your smile, and also preserve your tooth, we could treat an infection with an endodontic procedure known as a root canal. To begin, we will administer a numbing agent and possibly sedation, so you’re calm and comfortable. Next, we need to open the tooth to reach and remove all inner tissues. We clean the interior of the tooth and add a special restorative material. We then cap the tooth with a custom-made crown. The restoration not only looks natural, but also protects the remaining tooth structure.
The Benefits of a Root Canal
This treatment is a comfortable one, as we take steps to ensure you find it comparable to a simple dental filling placement. The procedure instantly halts discomfort, and prevents the infection from reaching other parts of your smile. Your smile will remain full as you avoid tooth loss completely. In one visit, we offer comfort and a stronger smile! We could also discuss simple steps to prevent future infected teeth, such as daily brushing and flossing habits, visits for checkups and cleanings every six months, and a healthier diet.
If you have any questions about our approach to endodontic care, or if you have an aching tooth that needs attention, then contact our team today to learn more.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT ENDODONTIC CARE?
Our team wants to help you avoid tooth loss due to an untreated infection. Schedule an appointment today and learn more about our approach to endodontic therapy. You can also call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. Find our office at 15010 S Black Bob Road Olathe, KS 66062. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.