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Do you have a tooth that is causing you pain? Your tooth enamel is a tough substance, in fact, it’s the strongest tissue in the human body. Still, it is also vulnerable to harm. This thin, translucent outer layer covers the layer of dentin and the tooth’s pulp below it. This pulp houses the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues.

Since tooth decay and injury can result in an infected tooth, our Derby Family Dentistry team in Derby, Kansas, encourages diligent, daily brushing and flossing combined with regular professional dental cleanings to keep your teeth strong and healthy. We also encourage wearing a sports mouth guard while playing contact sports and high-risk recreational activities to protect against injury.

The most common need for a root canal includes:

— Deep decay in the tooth.

— If a tooth has undergone repeated dental procedures.

— Severe cracking, chipping, or root fracture allowing bacteria to set in.

You may have an infected tooth if you have any of the following:

–A hole in a tooth.

–Tooth pain or persistent toothache.

–Swelling gums or swelling in your face or neck.

–Sensitivity to temperature extremes.

So what happens when a tooth needs root canal therapy to save it? The most important thing is to treat it. Without treatment, the tooth pulp can die, bone can be lost, and you can also lose the tooth which may allow the surrounding teeth to shift and misalign your bite. A root canal can prevent all of that! It will relieve you of tooth pain and save your tooth.

At the dental practice of Dr. Frederick Stark and Brad Norden serving patients in Derby, Kansas, we look forward to saving your tooth in the healthiest way possible. Please call us at 316-788-4000 if you have any questions or concerns, or to schedule a visit with our experienced team.