Treating Dental Infections
A dental infection causes much more than just discomfort. In fact, without timely treatment your infected tooth may eventually require extraction. However, to address the discomfort and preserve the tooth we can provide endodontic treatment. With endodontic treatment, such as root canal therapy, you can once again enjoy a whole and attractive smile.
What Causes a Dental Infection?
A thin, but powerful, layer of outer enamel protects our teeth. If the enamel becomes comprised, then bacteria can reach more sensitive layers of dentin below the surface. The resulting decay can spread until it reaches the tooth’s nerve center, known as the pulp. Here, a dental infection can occur. Advanced tooth decay, dental fractures, and chips can expose the tooth to bacteria. As a result you may need to seek immediate treatment for dental injury or cavities.
How Do I Know If I Need Treatment?
How do you if your tooth is infected? There are a number of symptoms to watch for, which may include:
- Tooth pain or sensitivity
- Discomfort when chewing or biting down
- Swelling near the tooth
If you think you may have an infection or if one or more symptoms sound familiar, please contact our office right away. We can perform a thorough examination to identify the cause of your discomfort and if necessary, perform an endodontic procedure.
What Does Endodontic Treatment Involve?
Also known as a root canal procedure, this treatment begins with the doctor administering a local anesthetic. If you are apprehensive or anxious, we can also offer sedation to calm you. We will the open the tooth to remove the infected tissue from the tooth. At this stage, we will clean the interior of the tooth and root canals before adding a restorative filling. We complete the procedure by placing a dental crown, which improves the function and health of the smile.