A dental infection means much more than just a toothache. Over time, an infected tooth could lead to the spread of infection or even the loss of the tooth completely. In order to preserve smiles in Omaha, NE, and prevent tooth loss, we may suggest a restorative treatment known as a root canal. When should one consider this endodontic solution?
Do I Have an Infected Tooth?
An infected tooth occurs when harmful bacteria is able to make contact with our inner pulp, the living tissues that keep your tooth alive and healthy. Injury to a tooth or an untreated cavity could enable this turn of events. The warning signs vary, but may include tooth sensitivity and toothaches, pain when eating, a discharge from the tooth, swelling near the infected area, or a fever. If you begin to experience these warning signs, then let us know right away. Treatment may be needed to prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth and save the tooth from becoming lost.
Treatment with Root Canal Therapy
First, we want to make sure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure, so we will administer a local anesthetic and may also discuss sedation dentistry. The next step involves opening the tooth itself and removing the infected tissue from within. We then clean the interior of the tooth and add a restorative filling material. After we cure the material, we cap the tooth with a crown, a lifelike restoration that covers the visible portion of the tooth and protects it from further decay and infection. Often, we can complete the procedure in a single visit, so you leave with a healthy, attractive smile.
Tips to Avoid Future Oral Health Problems
To avoid infection, always take action if you injure a tooth. Even minor chips or fractures could be enough to cause decay and increase the risk of infected teeth. Also, be sure to practice good oral hygiene. You should start the day by brushing your teeth for two minutes. Before bed, do the same and also floss between each tooth to remove the food particles a toothbrush alone cannot reach. You also need to see us about once every six months for a checkup and cleaning. We will examine the smile and watch for the early warning signs of a cavity or infected tooth. If you have any questions about the root canal procedure, or about safeguarding your smile’s health, then contact our team today.
Ready to Address the Health of Your Smile?
Our team wants to help you enjoy a healthy smile and protect your smile from oral health problems. To learn more about restorative dentistry, schedule a consultation by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.