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Do I Really Need a Root Canal?

September 24, 2021
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Posted By: Dr. Kevin Burgdorf Staff
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That root canals are painful or complicated is just a myth. The reality is that root canal treatment in Bridgeton, MO relieves pain from the infection while saving your tooth!

If you have a signs of a root infection, you definitely need a root canal.

Reasons for Root Canal Infection

Infection and inflammation deep in your tooth’s canal require treatment from your dentist, but you may wonder how your tooth became infected in the first place.  

Reasons you might have an infection include:

  • Untreated tooth decay that has spread
  • Trauma or injury to your tooth
  • A fracture that allowed bacteria to penetrate

Signs You Have a Root Infection

Signs of a root canal infection include:

  • Toothache
  • Gum swelling
  • Bump on gum

If you’re fortunate, your dentist discovers the infection early during a routine dental checkup. In this case, we can treat the condition before it causes you pain.

The Root Canal Procedure

If you’re diagnosed with a root infection, your dentist uses anesthesia to numb the site before extracting the painful tissue. You will not feel the tissue extraction, but you may feel mild pressure. After the infected tissue is cleared away, your dentist closes with a temporary filling to promote healing.

At your next dental visit, we complete treatment with a tooth-colored filling or dental crown. Dr.  recommend a dental crown if your tooth is weak or at risk for fracture following your infection and treatment.

Routine Dental Exams & Cleanings Lower Your Risks

Dental exams and teeth cleanings in Bridgeton are your best defense against root infections and tooth decay. It would be best if you were visiting our dental office twice yearly.

You should also brush and floss regularly—after each meal would be best.

Contact Our Bridgeton, MO Dentist Office to Schedule an Appointment

If you notice any symptoms of a root canal, it is best to contact our dental team as soon as possible at (314) 291-9000 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Burgdorf. So reach out today to get started.

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