It’s no surprise that when it comes to your oral health, infection and decay can certainly complicate the situation. Considering its common yet complex nature, it can be treated effectively with the level of success being higher the sooner treatment is sought. If allowed to progress, however, it can cause significant damage that may require extensive treatment to handle. In today’s blog, your Leawood, KS dentist takes a look at times when decay spreads internally and how our team can help.
More Than Just a Cavity
In its early stages, decay often reveals itself as a cavity or hole within a tooth. This hole is caused by bacteria actively breaking down the healthy structure, and essentially creating a path toward the inner workings of a tooth. In most cases, cavities can be treated with a dental filling, but keep in mind that this restoration could fail if the concern has progressed past a certain extent.
When a cavity is not addressed in a timely manner, the damage ensued could result in the need for a more extensive treatment. As decay progresses, it begins to work its way inside a structure where it will affect the inner dental pulp and nerves contained in the roots. During this stage, you will begin to experience sharp bursts of pain and sensitivity, as well as minor difficulty with oral function. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make sure to contact our team today.
Internally Treating Your Tooth
The last thing that your dentist wants is for you to lose a natural structure, which is why we provide varying degrees of restorative dentistry to help. When infection has spread internally, it is likely your dentist will recommend a root canal treatment in an effort to preserve your smile. During this process, our team will carefully remove the infected dental pulp from within your roots, then fill the canals with a dental material to reinforce them. When this step is complete, we will place a custom crown over the structure and you will be on your way. For more information about this process, contact our team.
Healthy Recovery with a Crown
It is one thing to treat an infection, but ensuring proper protection is also necessary to promote a healthy recovery. To accomplish this, we custom-create crown restorations that fit snugly over the affected area in order to keep harmful bacteria or decay from reentering, as well as reinforce your natural defense. Adult teeth are considered permanent, so once one is gone it is gone for good.
Schedule Your Visit Today
For more information about steps you can take or treatment you can seek for an infected root, or to schedule your appointment with our team, contact Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS at 913-681-5500 today.