At one time if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you would have simply lost that tooth. Nowadays, we can save your tooth using a procedure called a root canal. This is a simple treatment and can usually be completed in one to three visits. A root canal can help you save your tooth and keep your smile beautiful. If you think you need a root canal, don’t hesitate to give Svans Dentistry a call at 480.219.8760.
What Causes An Infected Tooth?
If your tooth has a deep cavity or a crack or break, bacteria will tunnel down through the cavity and infect the pulp tissue. Germs will accumulate, causing an infection. Pain or swelling are signs that you may have an infected tooth. If left untreated, this infection can even affect your jawbone and your overall physical health. You may also lose the tooth entirely.
Other Signs That You May Need a Root Canal
Just because you don’t have pain in your tooth, doesn’t mean you don’t need a root canal. Other signs may include a darkened tooth or swelling of the gums. If you notice pain when you chew, have a toothache, or your tooth is extremely sensitive to hot or cold, these could be other signs that you need a root canal.
The Root Canal Procedure
If Dr. Svans determines that you need a root canal, he will first remove the infected tissue, cleaning and clearing out the bacteria that has accumulated. Next he will clean and seal the interior of the tooth. Your tooth will then be filled with a dental composite. In some cases, Dr. Svans may recommend that you cap the tooth with a crown in order to protect it from further damage. Once the procedure is complete, which can take from one to three visits, we encourage you to continue to care for the tooth as you do with your other teeth. Brush, floss, and get regular cleanings and checkups.