Do you ever notice pain when you bite down or eat? If so, this could mean more than just a cavity, you could have an infected or abscessed tooth. Ignoring the pain could eventually lead to missing teeth and the spread of infection. Fortunately, your Riverside, MO, is ready to help you enjoy optimal oral health with a safe and comfortable root canal procedure.

Infections and Abscesses

At the center of our teeth and in the root canals sits the pulp, a collection of living tissues that keeps our tooth healthy and functional. The pulp is surrounded by layers of dentin, a sensitive and porous material, and protected by the outer layers of enamel, which is the hardest substance in the human body. However, when injury or poor oral hygiene damage or weakened outer enamel, then cavities form in the dentin. Eventually the cavity could grow worse and reach to the pulp, causing an infected or abscessed tooth. Without treatment, this could grow severe and the tooth itself could require extraction to prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth. Warning signs often include pain when eating or biting down, persistent toothaches and sensitivity, swelling and discharges from the tooth, fever, and headaches, or jaw pain.

Root Canal Therapy

Don’t ignore the symptoms we’ve mentioned above. Instead, talk to our team right away. If we find you have an infected to abscessed tooth, we may suggest an endodontic procedure. A root canal involves opening the tooth, once we’ve administered a local anesthetic of course, and removing the infected tissue from within. Next, we clean the inside of the tooth and apply a restorative filling material. The final step is to cap the tooth with a strong and lifelike crown, which blends with the smile and protects the repaired tooth from further decay or injury.

Protecting Your Smile with Preventive Care

To help avoid the onset of infections, be sure you to cut back on sugary foods and drinks, which leave behind particles to feed harmful bacteria and cause serious oral health troubles. You should also brush and floss daily to remove food particles and control the amount of plaque buildup on the teeth. A regular cleaning visit allows us to watch your smile for signs of trouble and also remove all plaque to prevent cavities and infection. If you have any questions about avoiding oral health troubles, or if you experience pain in one or more of your teeth, then please contact our team today.


Remember that pain in your smile could mean the presence of a serious issue that requires treatment to prevent infections or loss of natural teeth. To learn more about our restorative treatments, then schedule a consultation by calling Bailey Dental Care in Riverside, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.