Gentle Root Canal Therapy for Tooth Infection
Not only can a tooth infection cause significant discomfort, it can also compromise your bite’s ability to function and lead to even more severe dental concerns. Fortunately, root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, can eliminate infection so we can restore the healthy part of your tooth.
The Basics of Root Canal Therapy
If the soft pulp inside your tooth becomes infected, it can cause immense discomfort. Your nerve endings are located inside this material, and the bacteria can travel down the nerves to your tooth roots. If the infection goes undiagnosed, you may eventually develop an abscess in your gums. When this happens, root canal therapy is often the only way to save your tooth.
During root canal treatment, Dr. Pietrok or Dr. St. Germain will clean out the inside of your tooth, as well as your root canals. After filling your tooth with a soft rubber compound, your dentist will restore your smile with a custom-made dental crown. We use advanced restorative materials, so your crown will correspond beautifully with your natural teeth. Although root canal therapy has a reputation for being quite unpleasant, the procedure actually involves minimal discomfort, thanks to our gentle techniques and local anesthesia. In fact, for most patients, the overwhelming sensation is one of relief, since they no longer experience the pain of their toothache.
The Benefits of Endodontic Treatment
Along with easing your discomfort, root canal therapy has several important functions. First, the procedure can save the healthy part of your tooth. Without treatment, the bacteria would continue to multiply, and you might eventually require an extraction. In many instances, the bacteria could also spread to your nearby teeth and gum tissue. In severe cases, you could even develop a serious jawbone infection. In addition to preventing these oral-systemic problems, endodontic treatment can restore the appearance of your smile. Infected teeth often develop internal discoloration, which is immune to whitening treatment. With our custom-fabricated crowns, we can renew your healthy, bright smile.
Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?
Tooth infections can cause a number of symptoms. If you suffer from any of the following concerns, you may require endodontic treatment:
- Chronic toothache
- Sensitivity to heat or cold
- Pain when biting down
- Chronic bad breath
- A persistent sore on one part of your gums
- A single discolored tooth
If you suspect that your tooth is severely infected, it is important to call our office as soon as possible. Delaying your treatment could compromise your other teeth and your overall oral wellness.