A Root Canal Could Prevent Tooth Loss

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When a tooth becomes infected or abscessed, this could mean serious discomfort, and even the loss of one or more of your natural teeth! To prevent tooth loss, we need to treat dental infection with an endodontic treatment known as a root canal. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist will discuss how we perform a root canal procedure.

Infected Teeth and Tooth Loss

At the center of each tooth is a group of living tissues known as pulp. They control the flow of blood and nutrients to and form the tooth, keeping each on functional. An injection means harmful bacteria has come into contact with the pulp, and that treatment is necessary to prevent the pulp from dying, which kills the tooth and could mean an extraction is necessary. Infections could occur due to untreated cavities that grow in size and severity, or as a result of a damaged tooth, which could be the result of an injury or teeth grinding. Warning signs include pain when you bite down or chew, toothaches, swelling near the tooth, a discharge from it, and headaches and jaw pain. If you encounter one or more of these possible symptoms, let us know right away so we can offer a root canal procedure.

The Root Canal Procedure

If we find an infection, we will administer a numbing agent and possibly sedation for our anxious patients. We then open the tooth and remove the infected tissues for within. We next clean the interior of the tooth and add a special restorative material. Finally, we cap the tooth with a custom-made and lifelike dental crown. The process only takes one visit, and helps prevent your tooth from becoming lost or requiring extraction.

Preventing Further Infection

What can be done to avoid issues like infection? First, make sure you brush and flossing each day to control plaque buildup and prevent cavities. Reducing your consumption of sugary foods and drinks is helpful too. We also suggest wearing a mouthguard to prevent sports injuries, and to see us for a checkup and cleaning. A checkup lets us keep an eye out for the earliest signs of trouble, providing care before you experience pain in your smile. A cleaning removes all plaque and buildup to keep teeth strong and healthy. If you have any questions about how we treat to prevent issues like tooth decay and dental infection, then contact our team today.


Our team is ready to help bring relief for your discomfort and preserve your smile with restorative treatment options. To find out more about our restorative treatment options and how we keep smiles whole, healthy, and bright, then please contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.