Restoring Infected Teeth With Root Canal Therapy

When a tooth becomes infected, serious discomfort could arise. In addition, the risk of losing the tooth also increases. In order to preserve smiles in Greenville, TX, we may recommend treatment with a unique restorative solution. Find out how a root canal can help protect teeth and return smiles to optimal health, beauty, and function.

The Warning Signs of Infection

A tooth can become infected as a result of untreated tooth decay, which grows more severe and eventually enables harmful bacteria to reach the inner pulp, your tooth’s sensitive nerve center. The tooth then becomes infected. Likewise, severe damage, which could break, chip, or crack a tooth, may also expose the pulp and lead to an infected tooth. The warning signs may include pain when biting down or chewing, fever, headaches, swelling near the aching tooth, and a discharge from the tooth. If you experience one or more of these warning signs, then please contact our team today.

The Treatment Process

The root canal process begins with ensuring your comfort, which we do via local anesthesia and dental sedation. Next, we open the tooth to remove the infection from within and clean the interior of the tooth. Next, we fill the area with a special material and cure it with a light. The final step is capping the tooth with a custom-made dental crown, which covers the tooth and protects it against further decay or infection. We also take steps to ensure the crown looks natural and blends seamlessly with your smile. In one visit, we can return your tooth to full function and health, and help you feel proud of your smile’s appearance.

The Dangers of Ignoring an Infection

Without treatment, the infection may grow severe and cause the inner pulp to die, which effectively kills the tooth. Infection can then spread to surrounding teeth or move into the jawbone itself. Ignoring pain in your tooth increases the risk of a tooth becoming infected, or becoming lost completely. Don’t ignore the symptoms we discussed above, please let our team know quickly so we can administer the appropriate treatment and preserve your smile. If you have any questions about the process, or if you think your tooth may need attention, then please contact our team today.

Do You Have Pain in a Tooth?

Our team would like to help restore your aching teeth and prevent serious discomfort, protecting the health, stability, and function of your smile in the process. To find out more about root canal therapy, or any of our other restorative dental treatment options, then schedule a consultation by calling Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX, today at 903-455-5750. We proudly serve patients from Hunt County, Greenville, and all surrounding communities.