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Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

At Advanced Dentistry of Nevada, MO, LLC, we perform a root canal procedure to remove infected pulp from a tooth’s root, or roots, and to clean and seal the canals to prevent future infection.

The tooth’s nerve lies within the roots. When it becomes infected, it causes pain. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the surrounding bone and tissue, causing an abscess. An abscess is a collection of pus that forms when the body tries to fight off an infection. It can cause swelling of the tissues around the tooth, bone loss, and damage to other teeth.

When performing a root canal, our dentist in Nevada, MO, first numbs the area with a local anesthetic. Then, they make a small opening in the crown to access the canal. The dentist then removes the diseased pulp and cleans and disinfects the canal. They then fill the space where the pulp used to be with gutta-percha, a soft material similar to rubber. Finally, the dentist places a crown on the tooth to protect it from further damage.

Symptoms That May Indicate the Need for a Root Canal

  • Persistent, intense pain, especially when chewing or applying pressure on the tooth, is a common symptom of pulp inflammation or infection.
  • Even after removing stimuli, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures can indicate nerve damage or infection inside the tooth.
  • Discoloration of the tooth, usually turning gray or dark yellow, may signify a problem with the tooth's nerve.
  • Pain or discomfort that lingers even after removing the stimulus, such as after drinking hot or cold beverages, suggests an ongoing issue within the tooth.
  • Swelling or tenderness in the gums near the affected tooth may occur, indicating an underlying issue that requires attention.

The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

Pain Relief

Root canal therapy in Nevada, MO, alleviates severe toothaches caused by infected or damaged pulp. Removing the nerve and infected tissue eliminates the source of pain, providing immediate relief.

Preservation of Natural Tooth

Unlike tooth extraction, which removes the entire tooth, root canal therapy allows for the preservation of the natural tooth structure. This is important for adequately chewing and preventing adjacent teeth from shifting.

Advanced Dentistry of Nevada, MO
Advanced Dentistry of Nevada, MO

Prevention of Spread of Infection

Root canal therapy removes the infection from the tooth, preventing it from spreading to surrounding teeth, gums, or even into the bloodstream. This helps in avoiding more extensive dental issues and potential systemic health problems.

Improved Overall Health

Root canal therapy contributes to better overall health by eliminating infection and reducing oral inflammation. Chronic oral infections have been linked to various systemic health issues, making timely treatment crucial for overall well-being.

Root canal therapy is a valuable dental procedure that relieves pain, preserves natural teeth, and improves oral health and aesthetics. To learn more about the benefits of root canal treatment, visit Advanced Dentistry of Nevada, MO, LLC, at 1701 W. Austin Blvd, Nevada, MO 64772, or call (417) 667-7134.


1701 W. Austin Blvd,
Nevada, MO 64772

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