When a tooth becomes infected the risk of losing that tooth altogether, along with the risk of infection spreading, increases. In order to save your tooth and protect the health of your smile, you need to have your infection or abscess treated quickly and effectively. In order to preserve smiles in Riverside, MO, we may suggest a root canal.

The Dangers of Dental Infection

An infected tooth may occur when a tooth becomes cracked or chipped, which exposes the inner pulp to harmful bacteria. Untreated tooth decay, which will spread throughout the tooth, could also allow bacteria to come into contact with the pulp. Without treatment, the issue could cause your pulp, a bundle of living tissues that keep your tooth healthy, to die. Infection could then spread unless the tooth is removed. Treating the problem early is essential for maintaining optimal oral health and preventing the unnecessary loss of a tooth!

When to See Your Dentist

Both dental cavities and infected teeth my cause persistent tooth sensitivity and serious toothaches, with pain that doesn’t subside after a day or two. Other warning signs may include a discharge from the tooth, fever, swelling near the tooth, or pain when you bite down or chew. Don’t ignore pain in your smile, please let us know as soon as possible. The sooner we treat the issue, the sooner we return health, beauty, and function to your smile.

The Root Canal Procedure

How do we treat infected teeth with a root canal procedure? We begin by administering local anesthetic and possible even sedation, which helps patients remain calm and relaxed throughout the procedure. Next, we need to open the tooth to remove the infected tissue from within. Afterward, we will clean the inside of the tooth thoroughly before we place a special restorative filling. After we cure the filling, we can next create and place a custom-made dental crown. The crown fits over the tooth and protects it from further decay or infection, while also offering a more lifelike appearance. In one visit, we can restore your smile to optimal health and appearance! If you have any questions about the root canal process, or if you have serious pain in one or more of your teeth, then please contact our team today. Let’s work together to treat the issue and prevent further discomfort!


At Bailey Dental Care, we want to help preserve your smile and treat your dental infections, preventing serious pain or the loss of your natural tooth. To learn more about root canal therapy and our other restorative treatment options, then please schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Riverside, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.