When you have an infected tooth, you could be experiencing painful symptoms and risk losing the tooth altogether. To treat the issue, our team may recommend a restorative treatment known as root canal therapy. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about the benefits of this endodontic treatment option.
The Risks of an Infected Tooth
A dental infection means that harmful oral bacteria have encountered the inner pulp, a collection of nerve tissues that oversees the flow of blood and nutrients to and from the tooth. Without treatment, the infection could grow more severe, with more painful symptoms and eventually, the loss of your tooth. The causes could include an untreated cavity, or injury to the tooth via accident or teeth grinding. Warning signs may include pain when you eat or bite down, tooth sensitivity and aches, headaches, jaw pain, a discharge from the tooth, or swelling near it. If one or more of these symptoms matches your experience, then you should let us know right away!
Treating the Issue with a Root Canal
We’ll take digital x-rays to assess the position and extent of your infection. We then administer a numbing agent and possibly sedation to ensure you’re calm and comfortable as we open the tooth and remove the tissues from within. We then clean the interior of the tooth and add a special material known as gutta percha. The last step is to cap the tooth with a dental crown. The restoration will be designed to look natural and blend with your smile seamlessly. This prevents the loss of your tooth, and helps you smile with confidence again and avoid painful symptoms.
Protecting Your Smile
To help lower your risk of infection in the future, make sure you’re brushing twice a day for two minutes, and using a fluoride toothpaste when you do. Flossing every evening is also essential, and cutting back on sugary foods and drinks is helpful too. Find time to see our team for a checkup and cleaning too. The checkup helps us identify trouble before painful symptoms arise, and a cleaning removes all harmful plaque and tartar to limit the risk of cavities and infected teeth.
If you have any questions about how we protect your smile with a root canal, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy good oral health and stunning smiles!
Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dentistry?
We would like to help you avoid worsening pain or tooth loss! If you have any questions about treating painful symptoms and restoring your tooth, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.