When Does Your Tooth Require A Root Canal?

While we can often address issues with your tooth using crowns or fillings, some problems may prove too severe for these restorations. For example, a dental infection may require a root canal procedure. Let’s look at the circumstances that call for a root canal, and what our patients in Des Moines, IA can expect from the procedure.

Cracked Teeth

A cracked tooth can expose the inner dentin and even the pulp to harmful bacteria. Often, the damage is practically invisible to the naked eye, which means a patient may not notice anything is wrong until decay or even an infection form. Fortunately, we can use a root canal procedure to remove the infected tissue and then cap the tooth with a lifelike dental crown.

Dental Infections and Severe Decay

A tooth becomes infected when tooth decay remains untreated and spreads. Eventually, the bacteria can reach the inner pulp, the bundle of living tissue that keeps your tooth alive and healthy. When an infection forms, patients may experience pain when eating or biting down, as well as a fever, discharge for the tooth, or swelling near the tooth. Without treatment, the infection can eventually cause the pulp to die, which kills the tooth. The infection can then spread to surrounding teeth.

How We Perform a Root Canal

In order to treat an infected tooth and prevent the need for extraction, we can administer a local anesthetic and open the tooth to remove infected tissue. We then clean the onset of the tooth and place a restorative filling material. Finally, we cover the tooth with a custom-made and natural looking dental crown, which protects your tooth and blends with your smile. If you have any questions about root canals, then contact our office today.

Gateway Dental Group Can Offer Endodontic Treatment

At Gateway Dental Group, we can repair infected or damaged teeth with restorative treatment. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Burds and his team at Gateway Dental Groupcall our office today at (515) 244-9565. Located in Des Moines, IA, we proudly welcome patients from the Des Moines area, and surrounding communities.