If you develop an infected tooth then you should see your Parkville, MO, dentist as soon as possible. Without treatment, an infection could spell a lost tooth! Fortunately, we can use a root canal to save the tooth and protect your smile’s health and function.

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Therapy

Question: How do I know if I have an infected tooth?

Answer: The issue occurs when harmful bacteria comes into contact with the inner pulp. Your pulp acts as the tooth’s nerve center, keeping it alive and healthy. The presence of infection leads to serious discomfort, such as toothaches, sensitivity, pain when eating, swelling, and even discharge from the tooth. Lack of treatment could eventually mean a lost tooth!

Question: What causes a dental infection?

Answer: An infection forms when poor oral hygiene or injury leads to a cavity. When the cavity remains untreated, it grows and spreads until eventually reaching the inner pulp, where the problem begins.

Question: How does a root canal save the tooth?

Answer: The root canal allows us to open the tooth and stop the infection by removing the tissue. We then fill the tooth with a restorative material. Afterward, we place a custom-made dental crown to complete the procedure and prevent further decay. We will employ anesthetic and possibly even sedation to ensure the procedure is comfortable for the patient.

Question: Will my tooth look natural following treatment?

Answer: Yes! The crown will be created using lifelike materials, such as ceramic. We can shade the crown to match surrounding teeth and the material mimics the translucent appearance of natural tooth enamel. No one will be able to tell your tooth has undergone treatment. If you have any questions about infected teeth or about the root canal procedure, then please contact our team today. Don’t let a treatable issue lead to missing teeth and other serious complications!


At Bailey Dental Care, we have treatment to address dental infections and restore your smile’s health. To learn more about our general and preventive treatments, schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Parkville, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.