When a tooth develops severe tooth decay or dental infection, then major discomfort could arise and a patient may even risk the loss of a tooth. But our team can help treat an infected tooth with a root canal, a chronic treatment that could save the tooth. In today’s blog, your Brighton, MA, dentist talks about treating infections with a safe and gentle root canal procedure.
The Facts About Dental Infection
Our teeth are composed of multiple layers. The outermost is the enamel, which protects the tooth. The inner dentin makes up most of the tooth, and surrounds the bundle of living tissues known as the pulp, which keeps your tooth healthy and functional. An infection means that bacteria has reached the pulp, and lack of treatment could cost you the tooth and lead to severe discomfort. The infection could arise due to a severe cavity or an injury to your tooth. When you have pain while eating, aches in the teeth, jaw, or face, swelling near the aching tooth, or a discharge from it, then you need attention right away! We could help with a root canal.
Ensuring Your Comfort
Did you know that most people find receiving a root canal to be comparable to a simple filling placement? We take steps to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. For example, our team will administer a local anesthesia to the area around the tooth being treated to numb it. If you have anxiety about the procedure, we could discuss sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state, one in which you’re conscious but unable to remember the procedure at all. We want you to enjoy a positive experience in our office!
The Root Canal Process
Once we’ve numbed the tooth and administered sedation, we will open the tooth to remove the tissues from within. We then clean the interior of your tooth thoroughly and add a restorative material known as gutta percha. The final step involves capping the tooth with a crown, one we have custom-made for your smile to ensure proper protection, a balanced bite, and of course, a lifelike appearance. If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat a dental infection, or about the root canal procedure in particular, then contact our team today. We want to help address the source of your discomfort so you enjoy healthy and comfortable smiles.
Talk to Brighton Family Dental About Endodontic Treatments
Our team wants to help you avoid the complications of untreated issues like advanced tooth decay. Learn more about restorative dentistry by giving us a call at Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. When you have dental damage, or persistent discomfort, then we can help with our custom dental restorations.