When one of our Liberty, MO, residents see us for an infected or abscessed tooth, we may recommend an endodontic procedure known as a root canal. This restorative treatment offers a number of benefits for smiles, and helps protect the tooth for years to come. Let’s talk about the benefits of our safe and comfortable root canal procedure.

Stopping Infection

A dental infection is a serious concern, one that unless treated in a timely manner could lead to severe pain, tooth loss, and could spread to surrounding teeth and even into the jawbone. An infection happens when bacteria reach the inner pulp, your tooth’s nerve center. The outermost layer of tooth enamel is meant to prevent this, but if poor oral hygiene weakens and erodes this layers, or if an injury cracks or chips the tooth, then bacteria has access to the dentin, a sensitive and porous layer that surrounds the plaque. A cavity forms and unless treated, a dental infection is likely. If you experience an aching tooth, pain when eating, headaches and fever, or experience swelling around the aching tooth or a discharge from it, please see us right away!

Treatment Takes One Visit

Treatment begins with the dentist opening the tooth, which enables our team to remove the infected tissue from within. Next, we need to clean the interior of the tooth and add a restorative filling material known as gutta percha. Once we cure this material, we can cap the tooth with a custom-made dental crown. The crown covers the entire visible portion of the tooth and helps prevent further cavities or infection. The entire procedure only takes one visit, so you leave our office with a healthy, comfortable smile!

Your Smile Will Look Natural

The crown we cover the tooth with will be custom-made and often created with ceramic or porcelain-fused-to-metal, materials that can be shaded to match the color of surrounding teeth. The materials also mimics the translucent nature of tooth enamel and can absorb bite forces and pressure. Your smile with look beautiful!

The Procedure is Comfortable

We also administer an anesthetic to numb the area before we begin treatment. If a patient has anxiety, then our team may also recommend dental sedation. We will also answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. We want to make sure you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the treatment process. If you would like to learn more, or if you have pain in your smile, then please contact our team today.

Do You Have Pain in Your Smile?

If you have sensitive and aching teeth, then our team is ready to improve oral health with restorative care. To learn more about our endodontic procedure, or to schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Liberty, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.