Lose the Infection, Save Your Tooth
A root canal is a procedure where the root and pulp if a tooth are extracted to remove infection and save the tooth. Once fully developed, your tooth doesn’t actually need a root to survive, but if the infected root is left untreated, it can lead to more serious oral problems.
The infection can be caused by a number of issues, such as a large cavity, repeated dental procedures, or injury. Removing the infection allows you to keep the tooth without suffering pain or further problems; without the root, the risk of infection is gone, along with the pain you were experiencing!
The Root Canal Procedure
While the words “root canal” can have a negative connotation, the procedure can actually bring great relief to a patient suffering from an infection. When you come in for a root canal, we will numb the area around the tooth and make a small opening. From there, we remove the root and surrounding pulp, and thoroughly clean the canal. The canal is then filled to seal and temporarily protect the tooth. Once your tooth has healed from the infection, we can make a crown to offer permanent protection to your tooth if needed.
A Root Canal Prevents Further Problems
If left untreated, an infected root can cause more pain and damage to your mouth. Problems associated with infection include:
- An abscess, which is a pocket of pus at the root that spreads the infection beyond the tooth
- Swelling in your face and neck
- A hole in your tooth, which will drain fluid into your mouth or even through your cheek
- Bone loss
How Do I know If My Tooth Is Infected?
Sometimes infection can occur before you even know about it. Watch for signs, like sensitivity to hot or cold, pain when chewing or touching the side of your face, and swelling of your neck or face. It’s also possible to have an infection without any symptoms, so getting regular dental exams will help ward off any problems.
Call Us with Any Problems
If you suspect you have an infected tooth, call our McKinney office right away. We will schedule a time for one of our trusted dentists to examine your mouth and determine what needs to be done.
Dossett Dental McKinney
4550 W. Eldorado Pkwy #107
McKinney, TX, 75093
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