Dentist holding X-ray in stomatology office, focus on X-ray. Teeth care and tooth health. Stomatology equipmentIn our most recent blog post, we discussed a few different instances in which your dentist might recommend the help of a dental crown, and how these dental restorations offered versatility in terms of addressing your needs. At its core, the root of most issues warranting restorative dental care involves oral bacteria, and failing to address these concerns in a timely manner can result in major infections such as tooth decay and gum disease. In today’s blog, your Leawood, KS dentist explains how dental decay spreads inward inside of a tooth, and how root canal therapy can help.

How Decay Damages Your Roots

From a young age, we are told to brush and floss our teeth on a regular basis in order to prevent cavities from forming. While at the time we may have been miffed that our parents were making us do things we didn’t want to do, in reality, it laid the foundation for a lifelong preventive dental routine.

Indeed, dental prevention is considered the name of the game when it comes to taking care of your smile and the oral structures contained within your mouth. Without it, we would experience a host of issues ranging from mild cavities to tooth loss altogether. Still, sometimes we may fall short in this routine and an infection can settle in before we even know it. Because of this, it is important to attend regular preventive checkups and cleanings.

Decay occurs when bacteria nestle into the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth and feed off of food particles from your diet. When they feed on sugars, in particular, it causes them to produce a destructive acid that gradually eats its way into a tooth. Without interventive care, this issue will continue to worsen until you are faced with the loss of one – or even several – teeth. Contact our team to learn more.

Restoring Your Natural Tooth

As decay spreads, it works its way deeper into your tooth and begins to damage the sensitive nerves that are housed in your roots. At this stage, you will begin to experience noticeable signs in the form of discomfort, sensitivity, and even pain.

The last thing our team wants is for you to lose a natural tooth, so we would recommend the help of root canal therapy. This process involves carefully removing the infection and the damaged parts of your dental pulp, then filling the hollow root canals with dental material. To learn more about this process, give our team a call today.

Following Your Recovery

The most important thing to know about root canal therapy is the nature of the process. Recovery is not as simple as it would be with a dental filling, and it is important to stay away from extremes in temperature within food – i.e., ice cream, hot soup, etc. – so that your tooth can properly heal.

Contact Our Team Today

Contact Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS by calling 913-681-5500 to learn more about the benefits of root canal therapy and schedule your next appointment with our team today.