A serious injury to the tooth or an untreated cavity could lead to an infection. When a tooth becomes infected, serious pain develops and with it, the risk of losing the tooth entirely. To preserve your tooth and stop the discomfort, we may prescribe a root canal. What should our Gladstone, MO, patients know about root canal therapy?

The Causes and Warning Signs of Dental Infection

A cavity forms when harmful bacteria is able to bypass the protective layer of enamel, reaching the more sensitive layers of dentin. Your tooth enamel could become comprised due to erosion, which develops as a result of poor oral hygiene. Injury, including cracks or chips, could also expose the inner dentin to bacteria. Once the cavity forms, the decay will only grow and spread throughout the tooth unless treated. Eventually, the bacteria reach the tooth’s nerve center. The pulp is a bundle of living tissue that oversees the flow of blood and nutrients to and from the tooth. Once infected, the pulp could eventually die and enable the infection to reach surrounding teeth!

Warning signs vary, but patients often report pain in their teeth, such as discomfort when eating, tooth sensitivity or aches that don’t pass with time. Swelling near the teeth, a discharge from the tooth, and a fever or headache could also arise. Don’t just ignore persistent pain in your tooth, let us know right away so we can perform a thorough diagnosis and discuss possible solutions.

The Root Canal Procedure

To treat an infected tooth, we may opt for a root canal. After we administer anesthetic and possibly sedation, we move forward by opening the tooth and removing the infected tissue from within. Next, we clean the inside of the tooth and the root canal themselves. We then add a restorative material, commonly known as gutta percha. Finally, we cap the tooth with a custom-made dental crown. The crown covers the entire visible portion of the tooth and will be created using natural looking materials, such as ceramic.

Safeguarding Your Smile

What can you do to avoid future cases of infection? Well, begin by cutting back on sugary foods and drinks, as the sugar particles left behind on your teeth could feed bacteria and lead to decay. We also suggest brushing and flossing your teeth daily to limit plaque buildup. A routine checkup and cleaning enable our team to monitor your smile for signs of trouble, addressing problem before they cause discomfort in many cases. The cleaning helps remove all plaque buildup, further safeguarding the smile against cavities and other complications.


At Bailey Dental Care, we offer our patients a comfortable and lifelike solution to infections and abscesses. To learn more about our endodontic and restorative treatment options, please schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care Gladstone, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.