Dental infections cause serious discomfort throughout the day and especially when we eat. Lack of treatment could even mean a missing tooth! But with a root canal, we have an endodontic solution to dental infection. In today’s blog, your Bellaire, TX, dentist talks about saving teeth with a root canal treatment.
The Causes and Warning Signs of Trouble
When you begin to notice a serious toothache that doesn’t subside after a day or two, or pain when you bite done or chew, then you should let us know right away. Other signs of possible infection include swelling near the aching tooth, a discharge from it, and headaches and jaw pain. An infected tooth means that harmful bacteria has reached your inner pulp, the nerve center of your tooth. Without treatment, the tooth could die and allow infection to spread, leading to tooth loss and other complications. Don’t ignore potential warning signs, see us right away for a diagnosis and to discuss treatment, which could include a root canal.
The Root Canal Process
Our team will carefully examine your smile with detailed digital imagery and x-rays to pinpoint the position of the issue and assess the severity. We then plan treatment with precision. Once we administer a local anesthesia to the aching tooth, we will open it and remove the infected tissues from within. After we remove the inner tissues, we clean the interior of the tooth and the root canals. Our team then adds a special restorative material before capping the tooth with a custom crown. The crown helps ensure the tooth is protected from further decay and infection, and also adds a lifelike appearance and a balanced bite to protect your smile. The root canal stops discomfort and prevents the loss of your tooth.
Preventing Future Trouble
To avoid future dental infections, you should take good care of your smile at home. Make time to brush and floss daily, and also cut out the excessive sugar and starch in your diet. Make time to see our team for a checkup and cleaning too, so we can watch for the earliest warning signs of decay and offer care to prevent the tooth from becoming infected. These actions help restore your whole, so you can smile with confidence and avoid painful issues that threaten smile stability.
If you have any questions about how we design and treat issues like tooth decay and dental infection, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you smile with confidence and enjoy optimal oral health for years to come!
Schedule Your Endodontic Treatment Today!
We don’t want your oral health issues to lead to a missing tooth! If you would like to learn more about our endodontic treatment option, please reach out to Contemporary Dental And Orthodontics at 713-668-9119.