Have you ever heard of a root canal? Many people have the wrong idea about this procedure, assuming it’s painful and awful. In fact, most people find it comparable to receiving a filling. We can use the procedure to help you enjoy a healthy and strong smile. When should you schedule a root canal?
Signs You Have an Infected or Abscessed Tooth
What are the common warning signs of a dental infection or a dental abscess? First, you may experience a persistent toothache that doesn’t subside, as well as pain when biting down or chewing. Fever and swelling near the tooth is also common. Patients may also notice a discharge from the tooth that tastes bad. If one of more of these possible warning signs seems familiar to you, then contact our team today for a thorough diagnosis. We can take a look at your tooth to see if you need treatment and then recommend the most appropriate solution.
Dangers of Ignoring Treatment
When ignored, an infection or abscess can continue to grow worse until the inner pulp, the tooth’s nerve center, dies, effectively killing your tooth. Your tooth will then need to be removed to prevent infection from spreading to surrounding teeth and into the jawbone itself. However, seeing us for an endodontic procedure to help preserve your tooth.
Root Canal Therapy
The procedure involves administering a local anesthetic before opening the tooth and removing the infected tissue. We will clean the interior of the tooth and the root canals. We then add a restorative filling material, gutta percha, to the tooth. The filling is then cured with a special light and the tooth capped with a custom-made dental crown. Your tooth will look natural and be free of infection and decay. If you have any questions or concerns about infections and root canal therapy, then please contact our office today.
Does Your Tooth Hurt?
If you recognized any of the warning signs of infection we discussed, then please contact our team today. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.