Preventing Lost Teeth With Root Canal Therapy

When a tooth becomes infected, whether as a result of an untreated cavity or an injury, this means you’re likely to develop serious discomfort. You could also lose the tooth eventually, too! Fortunately, your Austin, MN, dentists are ready to help treat infected teeth with a safe and comfortable root canal procedure.

The Causes of an Infection

At the center of your tooth is a collection of living tissues known as the pulp. This nerve center oversees the flow of blood and nutrients to and from the tooth, keeping your tooth healthy and functional. However, when bacteria come into contact with the pulp, the tooth could develop an infection, leading to pain when eating or biting down, swelling near the tooth, and a discharge from it. Unless treated, this could even cause the tooth to become lost. The causes of an infection vary, but it’s often connected to a tooth becoming cracked or chipped, or developing a cavity that isn’t treated in a timely manner.

The Root Canal Process

If you have persistent pain in your tooth, let us know. If we discover an advanced cavity or infection, then we will treat the issue with root canal therapy. We start by opening the tooth to remove the infected tissues from within. Next, we clean the interior of the tooth and add a restorative material known as gutta percha. The final step involves placing a crown to protect the tooth and ensure a more lifelike appearance. We will use local anesthetic, and possibly sedation, to ensure you remain calm and comfortable throughout the entire process!

Better Oral Health

To prevent the onset of infection, you should take steps to improve your overall oral health. Start by brushing your teeth twice each day for about two minutes, using a fluoride toothpaste when you do. You should also floss every night, moving the tape up and down each side of every tooth and dipping briefly below the gum line. Cutting back on sugary foods and drinks is beneficial too, as is attending routine six-month checkups and cleanings! These steps help lower the risk of infection, as well as bad breath, teeth stains, and even gum disease. If you have any questions about treating dental infections, then contact our team today. We’re ready to help you enjoy optimal oral health!


We want to make sure an infected tooth doesn’t lead to a lost one and an unsightly gap in your smile. To learn more about treating infected or abscessed teeth, then schedule an appointment with the Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic, contact our Austin, MN dental office today by calling 507-437-6312. Our office welcomes patients from Austin, MN and surrounding communities.