Say What? Why Do I Need Root Canal Treatment?

January 4, 2019

It can be pretty disheartening to hear that something is wrong with your smile. The ideal dental visit is probably one where you get a clean bill of health and maybe a reminder to floss more often. If you do get a recommendation from your dentist for restorative treatment such as a dental filling or root canal treatment, there is no need to despair. The positive news about getting such a recommendation is that the tooth is able to be restored. Unfortunately, there are times where decay or damage can be so significant that an extraction of the tooth becomes necessary. A root canal treatment (also known as endodontic treatment) is often the last treatment option before extraction becomes the only choice. Your dental team in Olathe, Kansas can help you determine the best solutions for your smile’s needs.

Clear Out Bacteria

A root canal treatment is done when the inner structures of your tooth have been exposed to bacteria. This exposure can happen either through severe decay that has worked its way into the inner chambers or by damage from an accident or injury. A root canal treatment involves disinfecting the inner pulp of the tooth. Your dentist will access the inside of the tooth and then remove all bacteria and damaged pieces of tooth. This process will help to stop the decay from causing further infection or inflammation. Ignoring bacteria that has infiltrated your tooth can lead to a severe infection that could spread to other parts of your body.

Restore Your Damaged Tooth

Once a tooth is disinfected, it is important to protect the tooth by restoring the outer shell. A dental crown is often used to restore a tooth after root canal treatment. A crown covers the tooth to protect against further damage and decay.

A Root Canal Treatment Can Save Your Tooth

Endodontic treatment can protect a vulnerable tooth. To 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, Leawood, Gardner, Spring Hill, Osawatomie, Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, De Soto, Paola, Lawrence, and all surrounding communities.