When you have persistent pain in your tooth, this could mean you have more than a cavity. Without treatment, this potential infection could lead to tooth loss. To help bring relief and avoid major complications, your Austin, MN, dentists can provide an endodontic treatment known as a root canal.
The Painful Tooth Infection
At the center of your tooth is a bundle of nerve tissues that keeps your tooth functional and healthy, and oversees the flow of blood and nutrients to and from the tooth. When bacteria come into contact with the pulp, this could mean serious discomfort and the resulting infection could even threaten the stability of the tooth. The cause could be linked to an untreated cavity, injury to a tooth, or even severe teeth grinding damage. Warning signs include pain when you bite down or chew, toothaches, tooth sensitivity when you drink, headaches, jaw pain, swelling, or even a discharge from the tooth. When these symptoms develop, let us know right away!
The Risk of Tooth Loss
Without treatment, the infection could grow in severity until the pulp dies, essentially killing your tooth. At this stage, it could fall out or be removed to prevent the spread of infection to other parts of your smile, safeguarding your smile from further tooth loss and serious discomfort. But to bring relief and save the tooth, our team could recommend an endodontic procedure known as a root canal.
Root Canal Therapy
Our team will examine the tooth with digital x-rays to assess the position and severity of the infected portions, and then administer a local anesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable. We then open the tooth to remove the tissues from within. We then clean the interior and root canals. Our team will then add a special restorative material to the tooth. Finally, we cap the tooth with a lifelike and custom-made dental crown. To help avoid future cavities and infected teeth, we recommend you take time to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes. You also need to floss every evening, and cut back on sugary foods and drinks. Make time to see our team for a checkup and cleaning every six months too, so we can identify problems in the earliest stages of decay and prevent the onset of infected teeth. We also clean the teeth to remove all plaque and tartar, protecting the teeth from cavities and other serious concerns.
If you have any questions, then give us a call today!
Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dental Care?
Our team wants to help bring relief from pain with an endodontic treatment. To schedule your next dental appointment with the Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic, contact our Austin, MN dental office today by calling 507-437-6312.