Comfortable Treatment for Severe Tooth Infection

When tooth decay strikes, you can typically treat it with a tooth filling before the tooth suffers extensive damage. However, in severe cases of internal tooth infection, or when a tooth is damaged enough to expose the pulp tissue, root canal treatment may be the best option. Treating an infection can save your tooth, protecting both your oral health and your overall health. If you’re anxious about the procedure, then speak with your dentist about nitrous oxide to help you remain calm and relaxed during your treatment.

Save Your Tooth from Extraction

A tooth filling restores the main structure of a tooth, called the dentin, while root canal treatment involves cleaning the interior pulp chamber at the center of the dentin. Your tooth root is connected to the pulp, so the treatment also involves cleaning and sealing the root canal to stop the infection from spreading. Removing the inner tissue, nerves, and blood vessels, may weaken the tooth, so you may need a dental crown afterwards to protect the tooth from bite pressure. However, a root canal is the best way to relieve pain due to infection and to save the tooth from extraction. The procedure also helps prevent the infection from spreading to surrounding teeth or into the jawbone itself.

Addressing an infection in one tooth can have a positive impact on your entire smile, as well as your overall health. If your tooth is significantly infected, then find out if root canal treatment is the optimal solution by calling Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We also proudly serve the residents of Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, Livingston, Huffman, and all surrounding communities.