Looking at Why We Prescribe Root Canals

July 12, 2019

Despite exaggerations in the media, root canal therapy is a safe and comfortable procedure, and a vital one. If a patient comes to us with a decayed or infected tooth, then endodontic treatment could be necessary to treat the smile and prevent tooth loss. When should you visit your Olathe, KS, dentist for this restorative procedure?

Advanced Cavities and Infections

When a cavity begins to grow severe, you may start developing tooth sensitivity, especially when eating hot or cold foods and drinks. A toothache could soon follow. Without treatment, the cavity will only grow more severe until harmful bacteria finally reach the inner pulp, the living tissues that keep your tooth healthy and functional. Once an infection begins, discomfort worsens and without treatment, the risk of losing the tooth completely increases. Warning signs of severe decay or infection may include pain when biting down or eating, swelling near the aching tooth, a discharge from the tooth, fever, and headaches. Don’t ignore these symptoms, please talk to our team today!

The Root Canal System

Often, a root canal can stop the issue and protect the smile from further pain. We begin by administering a local anesthetic or possibly even sedation. Next, we open the tooth so we can reach and remove the infected tissue from within. Our team will clean the inside of the tooth thoroughly, before placing a restorative filling material. Once we cure the filling material, we cap the tooth with a crown. Custom-made from lifelike and durable materials, the crown will look natural and protect the tooth from further infection or decay. The entire procedure takes one visit to complete and helps transform the health and function of your smile!

Keeping Your Smile Safe

Avoiding cavities and infected teeth means taking proper care of your smile. Begin by making time to brush your teeth at night with a fluoridated toothpaste and again in the morning. Each session should take no less than two minutes. Next, floss before going to bed every night. Cut back on sugary foods and drinks, as this feeds harmful oral bacteria. Finally, make time to see us every six months so we can examine your smile and identify problems in the earliest stages. We can also remove plaque buildup and polish the teeth with a dental cleaning. If you have any questions or concerns about this procedure, or if you experience the symptoms we’ve discussed, then please contact our team today.

Does Your Tooth Need Care?

If you have pain in your smile, then you may benefit from a restoration. For more information on our restorative dental care treatments, schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.