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Root Canal Therapy in Prairie Village, KS
Have you ever met someone whose reputation preceded them, and then once you got to know them, they were nothing like their reputation? That’s usually the case with a root canal. This tooth-saving procedure has a reputation for pain, when in fact root canal therapy relieves pain and can save a tooth from needing to be extracted. With root canal therapy, Dr. Cattaneo and his staff remove the infection from deep inside your tooth, so you’re pain-free and smiling again.
To understand root canal therapy, let’s first look at a tooth from the outside in. The outer layer, known as the enamel, is hard and protective. Next is the dentin, which is more sensitive. Finally, the innermost layer is dental pulp. This soft tissue layer consists of nerve and lymph tissue, as well as blood vessels. Normally, the enamel and dentin shield the pulp from infection. However, in the case of severe tooth decay or a traumatic injury, bacteria may migrate to the pulp chamber causing infection. The ensuing pain is one of the most common indicators of infection and the need for a root canal. Other signs include:
- Redness and swelling of the gums and soft tissue around the tooth
- A suddenly discolored tooth
- Swelling along the side of the face
- Bad breath
- Signs of infection on an x-ray
A Root Canal Prairie Village Can Count On
When you come to Dr. Cattaneo for your root canal, you can expect the most professional treatment with a large dose of compassion. We’ll make sure you are completely comfortable before we begin. And thanks to modern dental anesthesia, you can rest assured you won’t feel anything during root canal therapy.
During a root canal, Dr. Cattaneo removes the bacteria and infection, as well as the nerve, lymph and blood tissues. The pulp chamber and the attached root canals are then thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and filled with a biocompatible material that prevents infection and pain from recurring. The chamber is sealed and the tooth is prepared for a crown that will protect and strengthen the remaining tooth structure. Once this crown is in place, you’ll have a fully functioning tooth thanks to Dr. Cattaneo’s painless root canal therapy.
Don’t let the false reputation of root canal therapy scare you off. Contact us today to schedule your visit to preserve your tooth and eliminate the pain of infection. Our state-of-the-art dental practice is privileged to serve families from throughout Prairie Village, Overland Park, Leawood, Shawnee, Mission, Merriam, and beyond.