If your tooth becomes infected, or suffers from an advanced stage of tooth decay, then a simple filling may not be enough to save the tooth and halt the discomfort. In order to preserve the smile and offer immediate care, we may recommend a root canal procedure. How does a root canal save an infected tooth?
The Dangers of Dental Infection
The inner pulp, a unique bundle of living tissue within each of our teeth, oversees the flow of blood and nutrients to and from your teeth. To keep your teeth healthy, you need your pulp to function normally. The tissue is protected by layers of dentin and an outer layer of tooth enamel, the hardest substance in the human body. However, should the enamel become compromised, then bacteria could reach the dentin, which is very sensitive and porous. A cavity then forms that unless treated, could grow and expose the pulp, causing a painful infection or abscess. Without treatment, the infection could mean the tooth essentially dies and the spread of infection to surrounding teeth or into the jawbone becomes a possibility. Don’t ignore the warning signs, let us know right away if you experience pain when eating, tooth sensitivity and toothaches, fever, swelling near the tooth, or a discharge from the tooth.
The Benefits of a Root Canal
The root canal enables us to halt the infection and prevent the loss of the tooth. We begin by administering local anesthesia and possibly dental sedation. Next, we open the tooth and remove the infected tissue from within. Afterward, we take steps to thoroughly clean the inside of the open tooth before filling it with a restorative material. Finally, we cap the tooth with a custom-made crown, which protects the tooth and offers a lifelike appearance. The entire procedure only takes about one visit to complete, and protects you from serious complications!
The Importance of Preventive Care
An infected tooth could happen as a result of cavities or injury. To safeguard your smile, cut back on sugary foods and drinks and make time to see the dentist for a checkup and cleaning every six months. Be sure you brush and floss your teeth daily as well. We recommend wearing a mouthguard when playing sports, as this limits the chances of a serious injury occurring. If you would like to learn more about protecting teeth from becoming infected, then please contact our team today. If you have pain in your smile, let us know, as you may need a filling or a root canal!
Ready for Restorative Dentistry?
Our team would love to help you enjoy a healthier and more attractive smile. For more information on our endodontic and restorative procedures, then schedule a consultation, call Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.