A tooth infection is a serious condition that can lead to a loss of the tooth if not treated with general dentistry. In most cases, a severe infection requires root canal therapy to save the tooth. While many people cringe at the thought of a root canal, it is not the procedure itself that is painful. Infection at the root of the tooth is the cause of the pain and root canal therapy is the solution to stopping the pain and infection.
At SmileVana, we never want to cause our patients any kind of pain. In fact, it is our job to stop pain, not inflict it. One of the most effective ways we can do that in the case of an infected tooth is through root canal therapy. When the interior of the tooth becomes infected through excessive decay or damage to the exterior of the tooth, the nerve root begins to die. This can cause inflammation along with a great deal of pain. Root canal therapy removes the infected tissue, along with the nerve, to save the tooth and stop the pain.
Dental technology has greatly improved over the years, making treatments like root canals quicker and virtually pain-free. When our patients come to us with a severely infected tooth that requires root canal therapy, they are often surprised at how quickly the procedure is performed and the pain stopped. We remove the infected portion of the tooth, then pack the area with material to prevent any further infection. Once the tooth is sealed, a dental crown is often placed over the tooth for protection against damage. After the procedure, there is very little discomfort while the tooth finishes healing, usually minimal in comparison to the pain of an infected tooth.
You don't need to live with the pain of an infected tooth or lose the tooth through extraction. Root canal therapy may be the solution to stop the pain and save your tooth. Contact us today at SmileVana to schedule your root canal evaluation or procedure.