An infection is a serious oral health issue, one that is not only painful, but could also lead to the loss of your tooth! In order to treat this concern and bring relief to your smile, your Bedford, MA, dentist can offer an endodontic procedure known as root canal therapy. In today’s blog, we’re going to carefully explain this safe and comfortable procedure!
The Causes of an Infected Tooth
The enamel coating our teeth is thin, but powerful, and protects the sensitive inner layers of dentin and the pulp from exposure to harmful oral bacteria. However, poor oral hygiene and plaque buildup could weaken and erode the outer enamel through demineralization. Injury that chips or cracks a tooth could also expose the inner tissues too. When this happens, a cavity forms that could grow and spread with time. Once bacteria finally make contact with the pulp, your tooth’s nerve center, then an infection could develop. The common symptoms of an infection include tooth sensitivity and toothaches, pain when you bite down or chew, swelling near the tooth, fever, or even a poor-tasting discharge from the tooth itself. If you begin to suffer from one or more of these potential symptoms, we urge you to see us right away!
Treatment with Root Canals
The root canal procedure is an endodontic treatment option that enables us to carefully remove infected tissues and preserve the tooth, preventing the need for extraction or the loss of it. We begin with a local anesthetic and possible dental sedation to ensure you feel comfortable and remain relaxed throughout the procedure. We then open the tooth itself to remove the tissues from within. After we clean the interior and the root canals, we add a unique restorative material, a type of filling known as gutta percha. After we cure the material, we cap the tooth with a custom-made and lifelike dental crown for a lifelike appearance!
Preserving Your Smile
Now that you have addressed the infection and saved your tooth, how do you protect the rest of your smile? Often, simple steps like daily brushing and flossing, wearing a mouthguard when playing sports or prevent injury, and cutting back on sugary foods and drinks that feed harmful oral bacteria could help. We also suggest a visit every six months to see us for a checkup and cleaning. If you have any questions about keeping your smile safe, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About General Treatments?
We want to provide a solution to help restore an infected tooth and protect your smile. To learn more about how we put a stop to an infection or abscess, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.