How Do We Treat Teeth With Advanced Cavities?

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When a cavity reaches a more advanced stage, this could cause the onset of a dental infection, serious discomfort, and eventually, a missing tooth. However, we have a treatment that helps halt advanced cavities and even dental infections. In today’s blog, your Bedford, MA, dentist will explain how we improve oral health with a root canal therapy.

The Dangers of Cavities and Infected Teeth

At the very center of the tooth is a collection of living tissues known as the pulp, which control the flow of blood and nutrients to and from the tooth. However, when a cavity forms due to poor oral hygiene, or following a cracked or chipped tooth, the decay could eventually spread until reaching the center of the tooth, causing the infection. Unless treated, an infection could mean a missing tooth and a gap in your smile, leading to major complications in the future, including further tooth loss.

Warning Signs to Watch For

Common warning signs of an infected tooth may include toothaches, tooth sensitivity, headaches, jaw pain, swelling near a tooth, or a discharge from it. If you encounter one or more of the potential warning signs, then contact our team as soon as possible. We will examine your smile and assess the cause of your discomfort. From there, we will decide which treatment is the best option for your smile. For minor cavities, we may place a filling, while more substantial cases may need a root canal procedure. Remember, lack of treatment could mean losing a tooth and the need for a dental prosthetic to prevent serious oral health complications.

Root Canal Therapy

First, we will administer a local anesthetic to ensure you feel comfortable during the procedure. For patients with dental anxiety, we may also suggest dental sedation. Next, we open the tooth and then remove the infected tissues from within. Afterward, we clean the interior of the tooth and then add a restorative material known as gutta percha. After we cure this material, we place a crown. The crown covers the visible portion of your smile, and protects the tooth while also offering a lifelike appearance. If you have any questions about how we treat infections, then contact our team today. We can also discuss methods of preventing the onset of infection, such as daily brushing and flossing, and visits every six months for routine checkups and cleanings.

Do You Have Questions About Endodontic Treatment?

We would like to help you enjoy a whole and healthy smile by addressing common restorative concerns. Our team can recommend a number of different treatments, from crowns, inlays, and onlays, to dental fillings. To learn more about our approach to restorative dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.