brighton root canal treatmentA root canal procedure is a comfortable and effective way to treat an infected tooth and bring relief to the smile. In fact, treatment could even prevent the loss of your tooth! In today’s blog, your Brighton, MA, dentists talk about the benefits of modern root canal procedures, and how we can help preserve your smile.

The Risks of an Infected Tooth

An infection could occur when a case of tooth decay isn’t treated, and the decay reaches the inner pulp. Likewise, an injury that exposes the pulp or causes a cavity that grows and spreads could also lead to an infection. This means your tooth will likely develop painful symptoms, such as sensitivity when you eat and drink, toothaches, pain in the face and jaw, headaches, discomfort when you bite down or chew, and even swelling or a discharge from the tooth. Without treatment, the inner pulp, your tooth’s nerve center, will die. At this point, the tooth may need to be extracted to prevent the spread of infection to other parts of your smile! Which is why when you experience these symptoms you need to see us right away for root canal treatment.

The Root Canal Procedure

When we examine your smile and discover an infection, we will pinpoint and assess the severity with detailed digital x-rays and intraoral camera images. We can then plan the treatment with precision. Once we numb the area with a local anesthetic, and if you’re anxious, offer sedation, we will open the tooth to reach and remove the tissues from within. Next, we clean the interior of the tooth and add a special restorative filling material. The final step is to cap the tooth with a crown, which protects the remaining structure. When possible, we take steps to ensure this crown looks natural and blends with your smile.

Taking Preventive Measures

You could take measures to lower your risk of cavities and infection! For example, limit how many sugary foods and drinks you consume, and also take time to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes. Before bed each evening, always take time to floss as well. Every six months, see our team so we can examine your smile and also remove all harmful layers of plaque and tartar with a dental cleaning. If you have any questions about avoiding dental infections or treating them, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Pain in Your Tooth?

Our team wants to help treat an infected tooth and bring relief to your smile. You can schedule a consultation for a thorough exam and a consultation, and more by calling Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Brighton, Watertown, and all surrounding communities.