When a cavity isn’t treated in time, or when a tooth is severely damaged, then you could develop a dental infection. In addition to serious discomfort, the infected tooth could become lost and lead to other complications. To save the tooth and protect your smile, our Mansfield, TX dental office can provide an endodontic treatment known as root canal therapy.
The Causes and Risks of Infected Teeth
At the center of every tooth is a collection of living tissues known as the pulp. An infected tooth means that bacteria have come into contact with the pulp. You could experience serious discomfort, such as tooth sensitivity, toothaches, pain when you bite down or chew, and aches in your jaw and head. Swelling near the tooth could occur, and you could even experience a discharge from the tooth too. The causes could be related to damage from injury or teeth grinding, or an untreated cavity. When you have pain in your tooth, please reach out to our team today for care!
The Root Canal Procedure
Our team will start with a dental examination, in which we carefully look at your aching tooth with digital x-rays to pinpoint the position and severity of your infection. A dentist or endodontist will then numb the area being treated so you’re comfortable as the tooth is opened. The diseased tissues are then removed from the interior of the tooth. The inside of the tooth is then thoroughly cleaned and sterilized, before a special filling material is added and used to seal the tooth. Next, a custom dental crown is attached to the tooth to protect it from further injury and also offer a lifelike appearance, blending with your tooth.
Protecting Your Smile
Our team will keep a close eye on the tooth in follow-up visits to make sure the tooth continues to stay healthy and strong. You can then take steps to protect the rest of your smile. You should cut back on sugar in your diet, and make time to brush twice a day for two minutes, and floss every evening. We also recommend a checkup and cleaning every six months with our team, so we can watch for the earliest signs of trouble and keep infections at bay. If you have any questions about our approach to endodontic dentistry, or if you need a root canal to enjoy a healthy and comfortable smile again, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk To Your Mansfield, TX Dentist About Endodontic Treatment
Root canal therapy can save your tooth and keep your smile whole! For more information on endodontic treatment, call our Mansfield, TX, dental office today at (817) 592-8475.