Root Canal Therapy Offers A Comfortable Treatment
When a tooth develops an infection or an abscess, this can lead to major discomfort and the risk of losing the tooth altogether. To offer treatment and preserve the tooth, we can recommend an endodontic procedure. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about root canal therapy.
The Cause and Risks of Infected Teeth
An infected tooth is one in which the inner pulp, your tooth’s nerve center, is exposed to harmful oral bacteria. This can occur due to an untreated cavity that grows and spreads throughout the tooth, or as a result of an injury that cracks, chips, or breaks outer structure. Without treatment, the infection could grow more severe until the tooth needs to be extracted to avoid the spread of infection to other parts of your smile. Warning signs include tooth sensitivity, pain when chewing and biting down, toothaches, headaches and jaw pain, and swelling near the tooth or discharge from it. When one or more of these symptoms arise, you need to let us know right away. We could save your tooth with a root canal procedure!
Keeping You Comfortable
Our team knows that many people have the wrong idea about root canals, assuming this is a painful treatment experience. But the fact is, our root canal treatments are comfortable, and often comparable to a simple filling placement. We not only provide a local anesthetic to the tooth being treated, but we can discuss sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state, with little or no memory of the procedure at all. We strive to ensure our patients enjoy their time in the office, so they never feel anxious about seeing us for treatment in the future.
Root Canal Therapy
We plan the treatment with digital x-rays, gathering detailed images to identify the position and assess the severity of the infection. We then numb you and administer sedation before we open the tooth to remove the tissue from within. Afterward, we will clean the interior of the tooth thoroughly and add a special restorative material to it. Our team will then cap the tooth with a custom and lifelike dental crown. The results look natural, and protect the tooth from further decay or infection.
If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat an infection, or about the root canal process specifically, then contact our team today to learn more. We’re here to protect your oral health and help you enjoy healthy smiles for years to come.
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Improving Oral Health
Endodontic treatment can help improve your smile’s health and comfort. For more information on addressing infected or abscessed teeth, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.