When Root Canals Are Necessary

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If you have developed a dental infection, this could lead to discomfort and even increase the risk of losing your teeth. To avoid discomfort and missing teeth, you need endodontic treatment to address the issue. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about when a root canal procedure is necessary.

The Presence of Infected Teeth

A dental infection means that the inner pulp, the nerve center of each tooth, has come into contact with harmful oral bacteria. This could be possible via injury or more likely, an untreated case of tooth decay. Without treatment, the issue grows in severity until the tooth essentially dies and requires extraction to protect the rest of the smile from the spread of infection. To save the tooth and stop discomfort, you need a procedure designed to treat concerns in the interior of your tooth. A root canal procedure can do just that, and most patients find it comparable to a simple filling placement.

The Root Canal Process

You should contact us if you encounter prolonged tooth sensitivity and toothaches, pain when you eat, swelling near the aching tooth, headaches and jaw pain, or a discharge from the tooth itself. Our team will examine the area with digital x-rays, so we can assess the position and severity of the infection. We will then decide if you need endodontic treatment. If so, our team will numb the tooth to keep you comfortable as we open it and remove the tissue from within. Next, we cleans the interior of your tooth and add a unique filling material known as gutta percha. Next, we need to complete the treatment with a restoration.

Restoring and Protecting Your Tooth

The restoration will cap the tooth is custom-made based on detailed digital images, created using durable materials like ceramic, which can also be color matched to blend with your tooth and offer  a lifelike appearance. The restoration helps prevent further decay or infection, and ensures you have a balanced bite as well. To help lower the risk of future cavities and infections, be sure you see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning, and also brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss every evening. These actions help fight tooth decay and infection, as well as gingivitis and gum disease. If you have any questions about our approach to root canal therapy, then contact our team today to learn more. Also let us know if you experience discomfort that last for more than a day!

Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Endodontic Treatment

We would like to help safeguard your smile from tooth loss with endodontic treatment. For more information on our restoring infected teeth, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.