Root Canal Therapy Springfield MO

When toothache pain brings you to the dentist, the last thing you want to hear is that you need a root canal.

But the truth is that the root canal is an unfairly maligned dental procedure that will not only relieve your pain, but also can save your tooth. A root canal becomes necessary when the nerve of a tooth becomes infected or irreversibly inflamed. You don't have to dread the procedure because it is no worse than getting a filling. In fact, the toothache pain that usually brings patients in is far worse than the actual procedure to eliminate the pain.

With our state-of-the-art technology, we can perform root canal treatment right here in our office without the need to refer patients to an endodontist, a dentist who specializes in root canals. Call White Smiles Family Dental if you are suffering from tooth pain.

a cross section of a molar, displaying the tooth roots | springfield mo root canalsHow Do You Know if You Have an Infected Tooth?

Often people are unaware they have an infection in their tooth until they start feeling pain. A mild toothache can quickly become an excruciating one that is unbearable. This is what frequently moves people to contact their dentist.

Sometimes there are signs ahead of time that trouble is brewing. For instance, if you have chips, cracks, or fissures in a tooth, this makes it easier for bacteria to get into the tooth and cause an infection. In other cases, dental procedures that are frequently needed in the same area might be another indicator that there is a potential problem.

In many cases, people are unaware of a problem until their tooth starts hurting. At the first sign of pain, you should call your dentist. Dental pain is never normal.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal treatment involves cleaning out the infected tooth pulp from the tooth root via a tiny hole in the tooth. After the area has been numbed with a local anesthetic, the tooth’s root canal will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The area is then filled and sealed to prevent any further infection.

A special filling material is placed in each root, which allows you to retain the tooth and prevent re-infection. Because removing the tooth pulp makes the treated tooth more brittle, a dental crown is recommended to strengthen the remaining tooth structure and prevent fractures.

a woman smiles in the dental chair | root canal therapy in springfield moThe procedure itself is not painful, although you may have residual pain afterward from the infection. This should dissipate and will be completely gone in a few days.

Don’t Put Off Treatment

Your teeth should never hurt!

Find out if you need root canal treatment by scheduling your appointment with White Smiles Family Dental as soon as you start to feel any pain. Tooth-saving root canal treatment is a standard dental procedure that will alleviate the infection and your pain.

If you have a toothache or suspect you might need a root canal in Springfield, contact White Smiles Family Dental right away!