Each tooth has one or more roots that extend into the socket in the jawbone. Inside these roots is live tissue, including nerve roots and pulp. When an infection or deep decay reaches the inner sanctum of the tooth root, it can cause inflammation and pain. An infected tooth can result in tooth loss unless treatment is performed. Our dental team at SmileBuilders, Inc. offers root canal therapy for infected teeth at our offices in Canton, Byram, and Lucedale, MS.
Tooth infections and abscesses were once a death sentence for a tooth. Infected or diseased tissue inside the tooth was difficult to treat, so the tooth was removed to stop the pain and prevent the spread of the infection. The preferred treatment now is root canal therapy, which removes the infected tissue or pulp from inside the tooth root. This is a complex procedure, but it can stop the tooth pain and save the tooth from further damage.
Stop Infected Tooth Pain
Not all infected teeth are painful, but all infected teeth put your health at risk. Infection from a tooth can spread and cause serious health problems. Root canal therapy can be performed in as little as one visit, depending on the complexity of the infection and whether or not you will need a dental crown after the procedure. Once the diseased tissue and nerve roots are removed, the inner tooth is disinfected and packed with sterilized material. The top of the tooth is sealed, and a dental crown is often added to protect the weakened tooth structure.
Root canals have received a bad reputation as painful procedures. The truth is that the infection of the tooth is much more painful than root canal therapy. We numb the tooth, and offer sedation for patients who prefer to be more relaxed during longer dental treatments. Once the infection is treated, the tooth will no longer cause pain.
If you have severe tooth pain, you may be experiencing symptoms of an infected tooth. Contact us at SmileBuilders, Inc. to schedule an appointment to diagnose your tooth pain. If you need root canal therapy, we offer this procedure at our dental offices in Canton, Byram, and Lucedale, MS.