Dental infection is a common problem caused by accidents where teeth are broken or severely cracked. This allows bacteria to enter inner tooth systems, causing inflammation of tissue and infection. Severe damage is also caused by neglect of preventive care, ill-fitting prosthetics, or deep cavities.
If you are experiencing any of these issues and are in pain, contact our Petaluma dental office to schedule an appointment. We provide root canals to avoid the dental complications of extracting a tooth, which include paying for prosthetic replacements and shifting of remaining teeth.
Root canals are required when infection has reached the inner root chambers of teeth, causing damage to nerves and the material inside a tooth, or pulp. Red flags of a tooth infection are:
• Swollen and tender gums
• Dingy and discolored tooth
• Consistent foul breath
• Dental pain
• Formation of an abscess
When any of these issues are present, it’s vital to seek immediate treatment, which may include endodontics (root canal). The goal of a root canal is to remove the source of the infection, while saving your tooth. With successful endodontic treatment, your tooth can be filled and restored, preventing extraction. At Hillcrest Family Dental group, we provide root canals to preserve your teeth and protect your oral health.
During your procedure, the treatment area is numbed with a local anesthetic for your comfort. Tooth chambers are then accessed by making a small opening in the top or side of the tooth. Inner tooth structure is cleaned to remove damaged nerves and infected pulp. After treatment, discomfort caused by tooth infection is eliminated. Your tooth is then filled with a special material and later restored with a crown, for better strength and appearance.
During root canal therapy, we ensure that teeth are comprehensively treated and restored precisely, so you can enjoy a healthy smile. Be sure to keep up a good oral hygiene routine to avoid additional issues with your restored tooth. Visit our dental office for routine check-ups so we can spot any problems before they develop into larger concerns.
Contact Hillcrest Dental Group for your next appointment and learn whether your oral health can be improved with a root canal.