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The Role of Root Canal Therapy in the Health of Your Smile

May 2, 2014

In an ideal world, we’d live our entire lives enjoying perfectly healthy teeth and a bright, beautiful smile. Unfortunately, however, life doesn’t always treat our teeth so well, and problems like decay and injury do arise. At JL Dental in Arnold, MO, Drs. Jonathan and Laura Mears help patients protect and preserve their natural teeth with a comprehensive menu of general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services, including root canal therapy.
Do I Need a Root Canal?

When the nerve-filled inner pulp of a tooth becomes damaged due to injury or decay, the infection can quickly spread and cause further damage, often in the form of an abscess. If left untreated, severe cases can lead to the need to extract the tooth entirely. In order to save the natural tooth and prevent the spread of infection, a root canal treatment is performed. The infected pulp and any remaining bacteria are completely removed from the tooth, and the cavity is then filled with a specialized material called gutta-percha. Then, to add structural stability and aesthetic appeal, a crown is placed over the entire tooth.
Signs that you may need root canal therapy include a toothache that does not go away, pain in the gum or jaw directly adjacent to one or more teeth, and a darkening of the enamel. Any pain that occurs within the mouth should be evaluated by a dentist, so don’t hesitate to contact JL Dental if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you or anyone in your family is experiencing tooth or jaw pain that persists for any extended period of time, it is important that you contact our office today and schedule an appointment with our team. Drs. Jonathan and Laura Mears are dedicated to providing you with the care you need to ensure lifelong oral health and a beautiful smile. Our family-friendly office in Arnold, MO happily serves patients from throughout the surrounding areas of Oakville, Imperial, Barnhart, Mehlville, Byers, and beyond. We look forward to seeing your smile!

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