When you have an infected tooth, which could be caused by a number of different factors, this leads to discomfort and could risk the stability of your tooth without treatment! Which is why your Kansas City, MO, dentist offers endodontic treatment with a root canal procedure, one that provides a gentle and durable treatment.
The Risks of an Infected Tooth
When a tooth becomes infected, this could lead to severe discomfort, from tooth sensitivity and toothaches, to pain when eating, headaches, or swelling near the tooth. Lack of treatment could mean the tooth requires extraction or actually becomes lost, and that infection could spread to other parts pf your smile. Which is why treatment is so crucial when you begin to experience discomfort in your smile that doesn’t abate. The causes of infection vary, but could include an untreated cavity or an injury to the tooth.
Root Canal Therapy
If we examine your smile and the images we take of your tooth indicate the presence of an infection or abscess, then we will likely treat the issue with an endodontic treatment known as root canal therapy. We always begin by administering a numbing agent to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure, and we have sedation for our patients with anxiety. We then open the tooth to access and remove the infected tissues. The interiors will be thoroughly cleaned, and we will add a unique restorative material to the inside of your tooth. The last step is to cap it with a custom-made dental crown. The restoration will be designed to protect the tooth from further injury or decay, and also offer a lifelike appearance, blending seamlessly with your smile.
Avoiding the Need for Endodontics
But with a preventive approach to dental care, you can also lower your risk of cavities and infection. First, try to limit plaque buildup, as this is the most common cause of weakened enamel and tooth decay. To do so, brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, and floss every evening. This removes the food and drink particles left behind by meals, which could feed harmful bacteria and cause buildup. You should also see us every six months for checkup, so we can watch for the earliest warning signs, and a cleaning to remove all plaque and tartar. A diet low in sugar and starch is beneficial as well. If you have any questions, give us a call today.
TALK TO YOUR KANSAS CITY, MO DENTIST ABOUT TREATING INFECTED TEETH
Treatment could help you avoid worsening pain and even the loss of your tooth. If you have questions about treating aching and decayed teeth, then contact your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Lucaci, by calling 816-897-4288.