When you develop a dental infection, there is always a risk of losing the tooth if treatment isn’t provided in a timely manner. In order to save your tooth, you may need a root canal procedure. How does this endodontic procedure help save an infected tooth?
The Dangers of an Infected Tooth
An infection occurs when harmful bacteria come into contact with your pulp, the bundle of living tissue that sits at the center of your tooth and oversees the flow of nutrients and blood to and from the tooth. The infecting can lead to serious discomfort, such as toothaches, pain when biting down or eating, swelling near the tooth, or a discharge from the tooth. Without treatment, the tooth can eventually die, which then allows the infection to reach surrounding teeth or move into the jawbone. Treating the issue is paramount for keeping your smile whole and healthy!
The Root Canal Procedure
The procedure involves opening the tooth and removing the infected tissue. We will administer a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. After removing the tissue, we can clean the inside of the tooth and the root canals. We then apply a restorative filling material known as gutta percha. Finally, we complete the procedure by placing a strong and lifelike dental crown, which will be custom-made for your smile.
Protecting Your Smile
Following treatment, there are steps you can take to help prevent future infections, such as:
- Seeing us when you notice an aching tooth
- Seeing us should a tooth become injured or damaged
- Brushing twice a day and flossing every night
- Having your teeth cleaned every six months
- Opting for healthier foods, such as those low in sugar and other starches
Do You Need Endodontic Therapy?
At Brighton Family Dental Group, we can help treat an infected or abscessed tooth. You can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Villani or Dr. Kondrat by reaching out to our office at (617) 562-5210. We are proud to offer a range of dental services to patients from Brighton, Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, and all neighboring communities.