When a tooth becomes infected, treatment is crucial to avoid losing the tooth altogether. In order to put a halt to infection and cease discomfort, we may suggest endodontic treatment with root canal therapy. How do we perform a root canal, and when should you see your Bedford, MA, dentist?
The Causes of an Infection
The pulp, a collection of living tissues sitting in the center of your tooth, keeps your tooth alive and healthy, overseeing the flow of blood and key nutrients. Which means when bacteria come into contact with the pulp, a serious infection or abscess could develop, causing pain when you eat or bite down, toothaches, swelling near the tooth, and a discharge from it. Causes could include injuries that expose the pulp or cause decay, or an untreated cavity that eventually reaches the pulp and exposes it to bacteria.
Along with the discomfort comes the risk of losing the tooth altogether. Over time, the infection could essentially kill the pulp. At this point, removing the tooth is crucial to prevent the infection from reaching surrounding teeth and leading to worsening discomfort and the risk of spreading tooth loss. If you begin to exhibit one or more of the symptoms we’ve discussed, even if your persistent toothache or tooth sensitivity seems mild, then please contact our team today. We will perform a detailed examination using advanced technology to identify the presence of an infected tooth, and then we will perform treatment to save your tooth.
Root Canal Therapy
The process starts with an exam to see what treatments your smile will need. If a tooth is indeed infected, then we will administer a local anesthesia, and possibly sedation for patients with dental anxiety. Next, we open the tooth to access and remove the infected tissue from within. We clean the interior of the tooth and add a special restorative material known as gutta percha. We then cap the tooth with a custom-made dental crown. Not only will the crown look natural, but it will also protect the tooth from further injury or decay. To reduce your risk of developing infected smiles, be sure you brush and floss daily, see us for routine checkups and cleanings, and cut back on sugary foods and drinks that could feed harmful bacteria. Wear a mouthguard if you play sports to limit the risk of injuries, such as cracked or chipped teeth. If you have any questions, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dentistry?
Our team wants to treat your infection and prevent the potential loss of your tooth. To learn more about our approach to restorative dentistry, schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.