When a tooth becomes infected, treatment is crucial for avoiding the loss of the tooth or the spread of infection to the surrounding teeth or the jawbone itself. In order to correct this issue and return your smile to optimal health and beauty, then your Conroe, TX, dentist may suggest a root canal procedure. What does this endodontic solution involve, and when should you see us for treatment?
The Causes of an Infected Tooth
Our teeth are composed of several different layers. The inner most is the pulp, a collection of tissues that keep the tooth alive and healthy. This layer is surrounded by the dentin, which is sensitive and porous, as well as the outermost layer of tooth enamel. The enamel protects the sensitive dentin and the pulp from harmful bacteria. However, should the enamel become compromised and bacteria gain access to the dentin, a cavity could form. Unless treated, the cavity will grow in size and severity until reaching the pulp, at which point a painful infection arises. People may experience pain when eating or speaking, discharge from the teeth, swelling near a tooth, or fever and tooth sensitivity.
The Root Canal Solution
If you begin to experience the warning signs we’ve discussed above, then you should see our team for treatment right away. We will begin by administering a local anesthetic and sedation to ensure you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the proceedings. Next, we need to open the tooth and remove the infected tissue from within. We clean the inside of the tooth and then add a restorative material. The final step involves creating and placing a crown to cap the tooth and protect it for further infection or decay. Often, the entire procedure takes as little as one visit.
Safeguarding the Rest of Your Smile
What should you do to avoid the onset of an infected tooth? Well, take steps to prevent cavities by brushing and flossing daily and seeing us for routine checkups and cleanings every six months. Cutting back on sugary foods can be very beneficial as well. If you play sports, then we may suggest wearing a mouthguard to protect the teeth from chips and cracks that could expose inner tissues to harmful bacteria. If you have any questions about treating your tooth and restoring overall health and beauty, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Pain in Your Tooth?
Don’t let an infected tooth cause serious discomfort or eventually lead to unsightly gaps in your smile, talk to our team about our endodontic treatment options. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling the Dental Centre of Conroe in Conroe, TX, today at (936) 441-4600. We serve patients from Conroe and all neighboring communities.