People often have strange ideas about root canal therapy. Misinformation and rumor often paint this as a painful procedure. However, endodontic treatment is safe, comfortable, and often crucial for preserving your tooth! In today’s blog, your Allen, TX, dentist talks about root canal therapy, and how we protect smiles from dental infection.
Why You Need A Root Canal
When a tooth is severely decayed or infected, then a filling isn’t enough to treat your tooth. Lack of treatment at this stage could allow infection to reach other parts of the smile, or for the tooth to become lost. You need endodontic treatment to prevent this, and bring relief from painful symptoms, such as toothaches, tooth sensitivity, headaches, migraines, swelling, or a discharge from the tooth itself. When you experience these potential warning signs, then contact our team right away for a diagnosis.
Ensuring You’re Comfortable
We will use advanced digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to identify the presence of your infection and the position of it. We then plan the treatment with precision and accuracy. We want you to feel comfortable, so we will administer a local anesthetic to the tooth. If you have dental anxiety, then we could also discuss serration to help you enter a calm and relaxed state. Once you’re cozy, we will move forward with the procedure.
We begin by opening the tooth, so we can access and remove the infected tissues from within. Once we do, we will thoroughly clean the interior of the tooth. A special restorative filling material is then added to the tooth. The last step involves capping the tooth with a crown. The restoration will not only look natural, but provides durable protection for the tooth. In as little as one visit in some cases, we can bring relief and prevent the loss of your tooth.
Preventing Infected Teeth
To help avoid the onset of a dental infection, you should brush and floss daily, as this helps remove food particles that could feed bacteria and cause plaque buildup. Plaque could weaken enamel and cause a cavity to form, the first step in the eventual onset of an infection. Be sure to drink more water and cut back on foods with lots of sugar too. Making time to see is for a checkup and cleaning is essential too, so we can watch for the early signs of trouble and also remove all harmful buildup.
Visit Your Allen, TX Dentist Soon
Our team wants to help restore your smile to optimal health, function, and beauty. If you want to know more about treating advanced tooth decay or dental infection, or if you are ready to book an appointment, contact your Allen, TX, dentist, Dr. Torrens-Parker, by calling 469-342-6644.