Signs of an Infected Tooth
A tooth infection occurs when decay spreads past your enamel, into your dentin, and eventually enters the pulp chamber inside of your tooth. Some of the most common signs of an infected tooth include:
- Chronic tooth pain
- Sensitivity to cold or hot temperates
- Facial swelling
- Swollen gums or lymph nodes
- A bad taste in your mouth
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to contact our office right away, since early treatment is the best way to save a tooth. Delaying root canal treatment can make your condition worsen until the only treatment option is an emergency tooth extraction.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is designed to remove all soft tissue (pulp) from your tooth chamber. It is a very common procedure in endodontics.
Although root canals have a bad reputation, the modern approach is not painful. In fact, most patients compare it to having a routine filling.
While many other dentists will refer patients to an endodontist for root canal treatment, we perform root canals ourselves.
The Treatment Process
We want your treatment to be as comfortable as possible, so we offer NuCalm®, nitrous oxide, and oral medication to help you relax. One of our doctors will also numb the treatment area using a local anesthetic prior to beginning the procedure, so you should not feel any discomfort.
Once you are numb, one of our dentists will create an access point in the crown of your tooth. He or she will then remove the pulp from the pulp chamber and root canals (center portions of the tooth roots). After disinfecting the inside of your tooth, we will fill it with a rubber-like material and restore the tooth with a dental crown. Because we have an on-site CEREC machine, we can complete this stage of treatment on the same day as your root canal, eliminating the need for multiple office visits.
Following treatment, you may feel some tenderness for a few days. These symptoms can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication.
The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
A root canal can:
- Save your tooth
- Prevent the onset of the more serious side effects of infection, including the formation of abscesses and bone loss
- Eliminate the need for costly restorative treatments such as dental implants
- Help you experience relief from painful symptoms
Achieve Relief Today
If you are experiencing symptoms of a tooth infection, we are here to provide the treatment you need in absolute comfort. To schedule a consultation at Greder Dental, request an appointment online or call us at (402) 558-6220.