When a tooth has a cavity, we could offer relief with a filling. But when a tooth is infected, a more substantial restorative treatment could be necessary. For a safe and gentle solution to an infected tooth, one that prevents tooth loss, your Brighton, MA, dentists could recommend root canal therapy!
The Indicators of Dental Infection
The symptoms of an infected tooth could include tooth sensitivity and toothaches, pain when biting down or chewing, and swelling near the aching tooth. A discharge from the tooth, as well as jaw pain and headaches, are common too. When you have persistent pain in your tooth, you should let us know right away. An infection means that damage or tooth decay has exposed the inner pulp to harmful oral bacteria, leading to infection that could cause tooth loss unless treated.
Treatment with a Root Canal
To begin, we will carefully examine your smile with advanced digital imaging technology to assess the extent of the issue and to plan treatment with precision. We then administer a numbing agent to keep you comfortable as we gently open the tooth and remove the infected tissues from within. We then clean the interior of the tooth and the root canals, before adding a special restorative material. Finally, we cap the tooth with a crown, one that is custom-made for a lifelike appearance and also a balanced bite. This helps prevent the need for extraction or the spread of infection, preserving your smile and avoiding the loss of your teeth!
Measures to Safeguard Your Smile
To help avoid the onset of a cavity or infection, you should take time to care for your teeth each day. This involves brushing for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste when you first wake up, and then again before going to bed that night. People also need to floss every evening too, as this removes what is beyond the reach of a toothbrush. You can also help by reducing your consultation of foods and drinks high in sugar and starch, which limits the severity of plaque buildup too. Finally, be sure to see our team for a checkup and cleaning every six months! The checkup visit is a chance for our team to keep an eye on your smile and catch problems in the earliest stages, the cleaning lets us remove plaque and tartar before cavities or infection can develop.
Do You Have an Infected Tooth?
Our team is here to help bring relief and protect the stability of your smile. To learn more about addressing an infected or abscessed tooth, then schedule a consultation by calling Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Brookline, Newton, and all surrounding communities.