If you’re needing a root canal, there’s no reason to worry and every reason to move forward with your treatment. Root canals are a dental procedure that eliminate bacteria from infected tooth roots and prevent reinfection because the infected pulp is removed and the surrounding area is carefully cleaned, filled, and then sealed. Every year, millions of people undergo a root canal solution to treat diseased or damaged teeth. A root canal will relieve any oral pain you’ve been experiencing and can make your teeth healthy once again.

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Do All Toothaches Require a Root Canal Treatment?

Sometimes you may feel intense tooth pain that makes you think you need a root canal solution, but the pain is a symptom of another problem requiring a completely different treatment. Such as:

  • Exposed root surfaces as a result of gum recession can mimic cold sensitivity.
  • Sinus congestion can produce pressure around the roots of the upper teeth and cause pain upon chewing, which imitates root canal pain.
  • Gum disease can also mimic the throbbing pain around teeth that can feel like root canal pain.
  • Jaw pain can either be an indication of pain in the jaw joint or pain referred from a tooth needing a root canal.

  IMPORTANT: if you’re experiencing tooth pain, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Caye immediately!! Learn more about Emergency Dental Care and What’s Considered a Dental Emergency

How a Root Canal Can Restore Your Tooth

Root canals have the unlucky reputation of being uncomfortable or painful. But the truth is, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a cavity filled. Due to innovative painkillers and advancements in dental technology, little to no pain should be experienced during your root canal. The discomfort experienced in the period leading up to a root canal is truly the painful period, not the root canal procedure itself.

According to WebMD, “During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed and the inside is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and an abscess may form. Root canal procedures have the reputation of being painful. But the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed.”

Read more from WebMD about Dental Health and Root Canals

If you’ve been experiencing symptoms, such as:

  • Severe pain when biting/chewing
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Pimples on gums
  • Decay
  • Lingering temperature sensitivity
  • Darkening of gums

These symptoms may indicate that a root canal solution is needed. To get your oral health back to normal, and to eliminate any pain you may be experiencing, a root canal treatment is often the next, and best, step to take. If left untreated, there’s no doubt you’ll lose the infected tooth and experience more dental problems and more pain. You can even spread the infection to the rest of your body, if left untreated.

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The Root Canal Solution

A root canal is typically completed in just one trip to our office. Once the pulp is removed, the area is cleaned and sealed, a crown is typically placed atop of your natural tooth to fully restore the look, function, and strength. Now, with CEREC same-day crowns, there’s no more waiting for a permanent crown with a temporary crown. We can create crowns in-office in just a few minutes.

Why is a Crown Added After a Root Canal?

When a tooth becomes weak over time from a root canal, it can fracture and cause further dental problems.  This is why a crown is necessary after a root canal procedure, to provide you with a strong and healthy tooth to protect your oral health.

Therefore, it is standard practice in dentistry to add permanent fillings to protect your tooth from bacteria and further damage after a root canal is complete. After the filling, a crown will be placed to provide strength and protection to the filled tooth. Not only does this provide bacteria protection to your tooth, but it also looks natural.

Learn what to expect during a root canal treatment.

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Who Needs a Dental Crown After a Root Canal?

Needing a crown after a root canal will mostly likely depend on the location of the affected tooth. Teeth towards the back of the mouth, like molars and premolars, are needed more for chewing, and generally require crowns, where incisors or canines which are not needed for chewing do not always require crowns.

If you suffer from any kind of teeth grinding, it is also especially important to get a crown after a root canal. When your teeth grind, immense pressure is put on your teeth, and on a weakened tooth from a root canal, this can cause major damage.

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To summarize, crowns after a root canal solution provide these major benefits:

  • Infection prevention
  • Natural looking tooth and color
  • Protect you from tooth sensitivity
  • Back-up security
  • Restore a fragile tooth

On a lighter note… here are some interesting facts about root canal therapy:

  • Some roots have more than one root canal, but all have at least one canal
  • A root canal performed on any tooth (front or back) with a nerve
  • Nearly 15 million root canals are performed each year in the United States
  • Since the roots aren’t necessary for the tooth to function, they can be removed
  • There is only one main purpose for the tooth’s nerve: to provide the feeling or sensation of cold and hot
  • Most teeth are fixed with root canal therapy with a 95 percent success rate
  • A root canal is a standard and very common procedure
  • Most teeth fixed with root canal therapy can last a lifetime

Are you are suffering from a toothache? Premier Dental can help!

As they say, “fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all”.

No need to fear a toothache or root canal therapy if you live in the Lee’s Summit, MO area. Dr. Caye and his team of professionals will keep you comfortable as they get you out of pain quickly with a root canal solution.

Dr. Stephan Caye and his friendly, experienced team at Premier Dental offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Lee’s Summit, MO area. Our office is conveniently located off of Highway 50 and SE Blue Parkway. We offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Premier Dental, we provide most dental health services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, endodontic or root canal therapy, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dental care and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Please call us at (816) 600-6330 to schedule an appointment.


While a simple toothache may seem benign, the truth is that a toothache isn’t something you want to take lightly. It’s your mouth’s way of telling you to that something isn’t right and to take a closer look. While a minor toothache may not be considered a dental emergency, a sudden and unexplainable one needs to be treated very quickly.

Here’s a deep dive into Common Dental Emergencies.

With National Toothache Day approaching quickly on Feb. 9, 2022, we thought we’d chat about toothaches and all things dental emergency. It’s a great day to remember that your oral health is so important for a happy, healthy life!

Learn More about National Toothache Day.

What is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is identified as anything that requires immediate dental care. Whether it is to stop incessant bleeding, save a tooth, treat a dire infection, or decrease severe discomfort, urgent care is needed. Some of the most common dental emergencies are pain resulting from inflammation and broken teeth.

Whatever the cause of acute oral discomfort you are experiencing in the Lee’s Summit area, emergency dental care is available at Premier Dental. If you are experiencing pain or you are uncertain whether your situation requires immediate attention or not, consider the information below to help you choose a correct course of action.

Emergencies stem from a variety of causes and dental professionals can provide the necessary care. Receiving an assessment and subsequent treatment for the diagnosis is crucial to your recovery.

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The Nine Most Common Dental Emergencies We See

  1. Swollen Jaw/Mouth: If your mouth or jaw swells for no apparent reason, visit us immediately. It could be irritation, infection, lymph nodes, or something else.
  2. Unexplainable Toothache: If you have a sudden, out-of-the-blue toothache, it’s important to reach out quickly to discover the source of the pain. While over-the-counter pain meds and a cold compress can help temporarily, it’s good to get to the source of the pain sooner rather than later; your odds of a minor fix will be much greater the faster you see your dentist.
  3. Bleeding or Swollen Gums: Some minor bleeding or irritation here and there is usually just fine and not concerning. However, if your gums won’t stop bleeding and is accompanied with swelling, it can often mean there’s an underlying health or dental issue that needs to be addressed.
  4. Knocked-out Tooth/Teeth: If you’ve ever had a tooth knocked out, you know what a shock that can be. When you act quickly after a tooth has been knocked out, it’s possible that we may be able to reinsert your tooth. Pick up the tooth carefully, try not to touch the root, and gently rinse. Try to reinsert the tooth into the socket, but if you can’t, place in a small container of milk until you see your dentist.
  5. Exposed Nerves: Exposed nerves can be very painful, so see your dentist ASAP to avoid prolonging any intense pain.
  6. Missing Filling: Having a filling that is missing can make the changes of a chipped or cracked tooth much greater because the tooth isn’t being properly supported.
  7. Broken Crown: If a dental crown falls off or completely breaks, it leaves your tooth very vulnerable. Schedule with us quickly to possibly avoid a root canal or extraction.
  8. Food or Object Lodged in Teeth: If an object piece or stubborn piece of food gets lodged, brushing and flossing won’t help. Get professional help quickly to remove the food/object and prevent any decay or irritation.
  9. Abscessed Tooth: A dental abscess is very serious and can even be life threatening, so it’s something to take incredibly seriously. An abscess is a pocket of puss that has led to an infection. It can cause hot/cold sensitivity, a fever, a prolonged toothache, swollen lymph nodes, a pimple-like bump on your gums, and swelling in the face.

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Premier Dental Provides Emergency Dental Care

Premier Dental offers many emergency dental services. Should you be experiencing severe, pain, swelling, tooth loss, or any other conditions that require urgent care, contact our office in Lee’s Summit immediately. Our team of experts will work swiftly and meticulously to alleviate pain and solve the issue. If you’re concerned about a dental emergency or have any questions, please give us a call today or contact us to receive reliable emergency dental care.

Related Article: Dr. Stephan Caye, DDS: Your Local Dentist in Lee’s Summit

Dr. Stephan Caye and his friendly, experienced team at Premier Dental offer affordable family dentistry and tooth replacement options in the Lee’s Summit, MO area. Our office is conveniently located off of Highway 50 and SE Blue Parkway. We offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Premier Dental, we provide most dental health services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dental care and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Please call us at (816) 600-6330 to schedule an appointment.

Hello Friends,

During our current National Emergency concerning the COVID-19 virus, we would like to assure you that at the office of Premier Dental in Lee’s Summit, your health, safety and well-being is our highest priority.

Dr. Caye is available for Emergency Dental Appointments. Please call 816-600-6330.

You can feel safe knowing that all our clinical areas are, and always have been, treated with standards that far exceed all state and federal guidelines. Our team is highly trained annually, using guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Our training, coupled with our commitment to the highest standards of care, will see us through this unusual time calmly and successfully.

In addition, you can feel confident that we are taking the following precautionary measures in the common areas:


Sports are on the rise, and nearly 40 percent of all dental injuries (more than 5 million teeth) are sports-related, according to the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety. Mouthguards aren’t often a requirement when playing sports, but, according to the same statistics, athletes who do not wear mouthguards are more than 60 times as likely to damage their teeth and gums.