When we have an untreated cavity, or if a tooth suffers severe damage, then a restorative treatment is often needed. Otherwise, the risk of losing a tooth will only increase. Should a tooth become infected, then we may need an endodontic treatment. We can use a root canal to save your tooth and promote improved oral health.
Causes and Symptoms of an Infected Tooth
Our teeth are made up of several different layers. The outermost, or enamel, protects the tooth from damage and tooth decay. Beneath the enamel is the dentin, a more sensitive material that makes up the majority of the tooth’s structure. Finally, at the center of the tooth sits the pulp, a bundle of nerve tissues that keep the tooth alive and healthy. When bacteria come into contact with the pulp, whether via untreated cavities or injury to the tooth, an infection or abscess can form.
Patients with an infected tooth may notice pain when they bite down or chew, toothaches, tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, swelling near the tooth, fever, or a bad tasting discharge from the tooth. If you feel one or more of these symptoms applies to you, then please see us as soon as possible.
Performing a Root Canal
After administering a local anesthetic for comfort, we open the tooth and remove the infected tissue. We then thoroughly clean the interior of the tooth before applying a restorative material. Finally, we cap the tooth with a dental crown to complete the procedure.
Restoring a Tooth
The crown ensures the tooth not only looks natural, but is also protected from further decay or infection. We use ceramic or zironcia to ensure a natural appearance. If you have any questions about treating an infected tooth, or about our root canal procedures, then please contact our team today. We can help you enjoy a healthier (and more comfortable) smile.
Do You Need Endodontic Treatment?
If you develop an infection or abscess, then we can help with a safe and comfortable restorative treatment option. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.