A Root Canal Could Save Teeth From Extraction

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When a tooth becomes infected, this could weaken your smile and lead to major complications, such as the need to remove the tooth in question. However, with root canal therapy, we use endodontic treatment to preserve the tooth and keep your smile whole. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist is going to talk about the root canal process and how we safeguard your smile!

Infected Teeth and Tooth Extraction

A dental infection is a serious oral health issue, one that could cause major discomfort when you eat or speak, as well as toothaches, headaches, jaw pain, swelling, and even a discharge from the tooth itself. The issue forms when harmful bacteria are able to reach your inner pulp, the living tissues that keep your tooth functional and healthy. This is possible through either untreated tooth decay, or possibly an injury that exposes the sensitive inner portions of your tooth. Treatment helps prevent the tooth’s death and the spread of infection to other parts of your smile. To avoid a tooth extraction, you need to let us know when you experience symptoms, or visit us every six months so we can keep a close eye on your smile’s health.

Treatment with a Root Canal

The root canal procedure itself is safe and comfortable, as we administer a local numbing agent to help you feel calm and relaxed. Next, we open the tooth itself to access and then remove the tissues from within. Afterward, we add a special restorative filling material. We then cap the tooth with a crown. The dental crown will be designed and crafted to look natural and blend with your smile, while also protecting your tooth from re-infection and discomfort. The process is often comparable to receiving a simple filling, and helps you enjoy your best possible smile.

Preserving the Rest of Your Smile

What could be done to help avoid further trouble? First, wear a mouthguard when you play sports or martial arts, as this helps reduce the risk of injury. Also, to avoid tooth decay try to brush and floss every day, cut back on our consumption of sugary foods and drinks, and make time to see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning appointment. These actions help safeguard your smile and prevent issues like infection, as well as cavities, gingivitis, and even gum disease. If you have any questions about how to avoid the onset of an infection, or about endodontic treatment with a root canal procedure, then contact our team today.


We know that addressing your infection quickly could help you maintain a complete smile. To find out more about restoring your tooth, then please contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.