When a cavity occurs, we can bring relief with a filling. But if the decay isn’t treated in a timely manner, this could mean an infected tooth. To avoid the risk of serious discomfort and the loss of a tooth, you may need a root canal. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about our endodontic treatment options!
The Impact of an Untreated Infection
Without treatment, the infection could grow more severe and cause the tooth to die. This could then mean the tooth falls out or requires extraction, and that infection could reach other teeth and even move into the jawbone. To keep your smile full and stable, you need to undergo treatment once you experience the common warning signs. These could include toothaches, tooth sensitivity, aches in the face or jaw, headaches or migraines, swelling near the tooth, or even a discharge from it. When these occur, let us know right away!
Treatment with a Root Canal
Our team will take detailed digital images of the smile from multiple angles to identify the position and assess the severity of your infected tooth. We then administer a numbing agent and possibly sedation before we open the tooth and remove the tissues from within. We then clean the interior of the tooth and add a special restorative material to it. The last step of the root canal is to cap the tooth with a dental crown. We can craft one from materials like ceramic or zirconia, which we shade to blend with the tooth. They can also absorb daily bite forces with ease too. The process stops discomfort and helps preserve the health, function, and beauty of your smile.
Action to Avoid an Infected Tooth
To avoid the onset of a dental infection, be sure you brush and floss daily to control plaque buildup and prevent the onset of a cavity. You can also help fight tooth decay by cutting back on the amount of sugar and starch in your daily diet. Be sure to see us every six months too! We can monitor your smile with a checkup and watch for possible signs of trouble, treating them before they threaten smile stability. We will also clean the teeth in the same visit, removing all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of them.
If you have any questions about how we treat an infected tooth, or about avoiding the onset of serious issues in your smile, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Treating an Infected Tooth
We would like to help you enjoy optimal oral health in 2023 and in the years to come. For more information about protecting the health and beauty of your smile, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.