Root Canal

Root Canals: Saving Your Natural Teeth at Foundations of Health Dental Care, St. Joseph, MO

At Foundations of Health Dental Care, we prioritize preserving your natural smile. Sometimes, saving a tooth with a root canal addresses damage deep within the tooth. Here are four key points to understand about root canals:

Why You May Need a Root Canal.

  • Deep decay: When decay reaches the sensitive pulp chamber within the tooth’s root.
  • Fractures or chips: Exposing the pulp and causing inflammation or infection.
  • Repeated dental procedures: Weakening the tooth and increasing the risk of pulp damage.
  • Severe gum disease affects the tissues supporting the root and leads to infection.

Steps taken during a Root Canal.

  • Numbing the area: Ensuring your comfort throughout the procedure.
  • Creating an access point: Reaching the infected pulp chamber inside the tooth.
  • Removing infected tissue: Carefully cleaning and disinfecting the pulp chamber and root canals.
  • Filling the canals: Sealing the canals with a special material to prevent further infection.
  • Placing a crown is often recommended to strengthen and protect the treated tooth.

Benefits of Root Canals.

  • Preserve your natural tooth: Saving the tooth avoids the need for extraction and the potential complications of missing teeth.
  • Reduces pain and discomfort: Addressing the source of infection alleviates pain and sensitivity.
  • Improves oral health: Prevents further spread of infection and protects surrounding teeth.
  • Maintains a healthy smile: Preserves your smile’s natural appearance and function.

Root Canal Procedure Recovery and Aftercare

  • Minor discomfort: Managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Sensitivity: Normal for a few days and gradually decreases.
  • Good oral hygiene: Maintain regular brushing and flossing to prevent future issues.
  • Follow-up appointments: Monitor healing and ensure the root canal’s success.

Please Note: This information is for educational purposes only and should not replace our individual professional dental advice. If you have concerns about a tooth or need further information about root canals, please schedule a consultation with our Foundations of Health Dental Care team. We’re here to answer your questions and guide you toward optimal oral health.