Tooth enamel is a remarkably strong material, which can keep the inner layers of a tooth well protected. While healthy enamel can keep out harmful agents like oral bacteria, we are not totally immune to internal infections. If you leave a cavity untreated for too long a period, the level of decay can eventually expose your pulp, which is where the tooth’s living tissues are contained. Your tooth can also become infected if an injury exposes this inner chamber. Your Prairie Village, KS dentist is ready to put a stop to an infection with a root canal treatment.
What Should I Expect During My Root Canal?
A root canal treatment will see your dentist safely access your tooth’s pulp, remove an infection, seal the chamber, and provide you with a restoration. Because root canals can have a more intimidating reputation, you might fear discomfort during treatment. What you should know is that your dentist can help you remain comfortable with anesthetic, and sedation. These resources can keep you calm and at ease as you have work done. It should also be noted that if you let your fear of discomfort delay your care, you may give an infection time to spread further, which can create more oral health issues for you. If the problem goes on for too long, it can reach a stage where tooth extraction is the only treatment option left!
Taking Care Of Your Tooth With A Modern Restoration
After you have your root canal completed, your dentist will make sure your tooth is protected by a durable, attractive dental crown. Custom-made crowns completely cover a tooth above your gum line. The type of material used for your restoration is determined based on the visibility of the tooth, and its responsibilities concerning biting and chewing. Because a molar or premolar can be tasked with absorbing more biting and chewing pressure, and will be harder to see, a metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crown might be recommended. If your tooth is more visible, and you want to make sure you have a truly lifelike crown, you can have a porcelain crown placed.
How Can I Avoid Dental Troubles In The Future?
If you are already dealing with the effects of a dental infection, you will need a root canal treatment to restore your tooth. With effective preventive dental care, you can protect yourself against a future infection, and avoid another situation where the procedure is necessary. Make sure you see your dentist for regular dental checkups, as these visits can lead to the discovery of a problem before a tooth infection impacts you. You also lower your risk for problems by keeping consistent with effective brushing and flossing habits, as well as by controlling your intake of sugar, to reduce your chances of developing a cavity.
Talk To Dr. Browne About Scheduling Your Root Canal
An infected tooth can be a serious, and painful, dental issue. Fortunately, you can count on quality care from Dr. Browne in the event that you need this problem addressed. To learn more or to schedule a visit with Dr. Browne, contact our office today at (913) 901-8585.