Root Canal Therapy

Dentist in Bridgeton, MO

Root canal therapy has long been subject to myths and misconceptions, often associated with pain and discomfort. However, at the dental office of Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS, we’re here to change that narrative. Located in Bridgeton, MO, our practice leverages advanced techniques and a compassionate approach to ensure that root canal therapy is a pain-relieving, comfortable experience that preserves your oral health.

The Truth About Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is a crucial procedure aimed at saving a tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted. It’s designed to relieve pain caused by infection or inflammation in the tooth’s pulp, not cause it. Thanks to modern anesthesia and Dr. Burgdorf’s gentle technique, most patients report that the experience is no more uncomfortable than getting a filling.

Why Might You Need Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is recommended when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected or inflamed due to decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, cracks, chips, or trauma. Symptoms indicating the need for root canal therapy can vary but often include:

  • Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
  • Prolonged sensitivity or pain to hot or cold temperatures
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
  • A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums

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Our Approach to Root Canal Therapy

Dr. Burgdorf utilizes the latest in endodontic technology, including a rotary endodontic system, to perform root canal therapy with enhanced precision and efficiency. This means less time in the dental chair and a smoother recovery for you. Our approach includes:

  1. Thorough Diagnosis: Utilizing advanced imaging techniques, we carefully assess the extent of infection or damage to ensure root canal therapy is the most appropriate treatment.
  2. Personalized Care: We understand that each patient’s situation is unique. Dr. Burgdorf takes the time to explain the procedure, answer questions, and address any concerns, ensuring you feel informed and comfortable with your treatment plan.
  3. Efficient and Comfortable Treatment: Our use of modern technology and techniques streamlines the root canal process, focusing on minimizing discomfort and maximizing treatment effectiveness.
  4. Restoration: Following the removal of the infected or inflamed pulp, the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned, disinfected, and filled with a biocompatible material. Most teeth that undergo root canal therapy will require a crown to protect and restore the tooth to full function.

Post-Treatment Care

After root canal therapy, it’s normal to experience some sensitivity or discomfort, which typically subsides with over-the-counter pain medications. We provide detailed aftercare instructions and are always available to address any post-treatment concerns. Our goal is to ensure your recovery is as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Preserving Your Natural Smile

Root canal therapy plays a vital role in preserving your natural teeth, maintaining your oral health, and preventing the spread of infection. Dr. Burgdorf and our team are committed to providing root canal treatments that not only relieve pain but also restore the health and function of your affected tooth.

Ready to Relieve Your Pain?

If you’re experiencing symptoms that might indicate the need for root canal therapy, don’t wait for the pain to become unbearable. Contact Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS, in Bridgeton, MO, today at (314) 291-9000. Our friendly and knowledgeable team is here to provide the expert care you need to get back to your life, pain-free.


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