If a tooth suffers from serious decay or injury, the inner tissues of the tooth may become damaged and infected. These inner tissues, which include the dental pulp and tooth nerves, can cause extreme tooth pain and sensitivity when infected and injured. In addition, tooth infection can lead to swelling in the nearby gums and a darkening or discoloration of the tooth. To restore the health of the tooth and prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of your mouth, our dentist may suggest root canal therapy. Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment that involves removing the infected, diseased tissues from inside of the tooth. After we have removed the infection, we thoroughly clean the tooth and fill it with a medicated material. Finally, we will restore the tooth’s shape and structure by sealing the tooth with a dental crown or other kind of restoration.

While many people believe that root canal therapy is a painful treatment, it is usually no more uncomfortable than a normal dental filling treatment. This is especially true at our office, because we use advanced laser technology to perform your procedure. By using state-of-the-art lasers, our dentist can perform your root canal more effectively, comfortably and quickly while also minimizing your risk of infection afterwards and improving your rate of healing. Dr. James D. Schuette and his team also use local anesthetic to thoroughly, safely numb the tooth, and we may also recommend nitrous oxide sedation if you feel nervous or anxious. We welcome you to call or visit our dental office today to learn more about how a root canal in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, can improve your oral health.