When a cavity reaches an advanced stage, or becomes an infection, then you need treatment to avoid tooth loss and serious discomfort. In today’s blog, your Celina, TX, dentist will talk about how we perform an endodontic procedure to save the tooth, and how we ensure your root canal will be comfortable!
The Warning Signs of Decay and Infected Teeth
When you attend regular six months checkup and cleaning visits with our team, we watch for the early signs of issues like decay, catching them before an infection can form and provide relief. Otherwise, you may not realize you need care until you experience persistent aches and sensitivity in your tooth. At this stage, the decay is more advanced, or has become an infection. You need treatment to avoid the loss of your tooth, as infection could cause one to fail, or cause one to require extraction to prevent the spread of infection to other teeth. To restore your smile and bring relief, you may need a root canal procedure.
Treatment with Endodontics
To treat an infected tooth, we start by numbing the area receiving treatment and for anxious patients, we may suggest sedation to ensure a calm and relaxed experience. We then open the tooth to access and remove all tissues from within. We clean the interior of the tooth, and apply a special restorative material known as gutta percha. The final step involves capping the tooth with a custom-made dental crown. The lifelike restoration prevents future cases of decay and infection, and provides durable chewing surfaces as well. You can smile with confidence as well, as the materials we use can be color-matched to blend with surrounding teeth.
Preventing Future Cases
What should you do to lower the risk of future cases of cavities or infection? We suggest starting each day by brushing for two minutes, and then do the same before going to bed. Make sure you use a fluoride toothpaste too, as this will help strengthen the outer enamel. Before bed you should also floss thoroughly. These actions remove the particles of food and drink that could feed harmful bacteria and lead to trouble. Cutting back on sugar foods and drinks helps deprive harmful bacteria of a meal, and a visit for a cleaning means we remove all plaque and tartar to keep the outer enamel strong. If you have any questions about treating an infected tooth, or about how we ensure your endodontic procedure is comfortable, then contact our team today.
Talk To Your Celina, TX Dentist’s Office About Restorative Dentistry
Our team wants to help treat issues that could otherwise lead to missing teeth. To find out more about how our team treats infected teeth, then contact your Celina, TX, dentist, Dr. Ganjoor, by calling (214) 851-0130.