Tooth Infection Can Have Serious Consequences
If you suffer from a tooth infection, we offer gentle root canal treatment to help alleviate your pain. A tooth infection occurs when bacteria infect the pulp and nerves inside the crown of the tooth. This typically causes sharp pain in the tooth and jaw. If infection is left untreated, the bacteria could spread to other teeth or enter the bloodstream and infect other parts of the body. Without treatment, a painful abscess may form or the infected tooth may need to be extracted. A root canal can eliminate the infection and restore the tooth to normal function.
Signs of a Tooth Infection
- Sharp tooth pain
- Pain while chewing or biting
- Temperature sensitivity
- Discolored tooth
- Recurring fever
- Swollen lymph nodes
- An abscess forming
The Root Canal Process
When performing a root canal, we strive to be as gentle as possible. We apply local anesthetic to block any sensations of pain on and around the affected tooth. For those with more severe dental anxiety, we also have the option of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to make your treatment anxiety-free. We begin by making a small opening in the crown of the tooth to access the infection inside. After removing the damaged pulp and nerves, we clean and reshape the interior of the tooth. A biocompatible material called gutta-percha is used to fill the empty chamber of the tooth. After everything is complete, we then attach a dental crown, which restores function and appearance to your tooth while protecting the damaged area.
Doctors Who Care for Your Overall Health
When you have tooth pain, it is important to seek treatment right away. We are able to treat the cause of your pain before more damage is done to your tooth structure of your overall health. Drs. Ty James and Brice McMurphy provide gentle root canal treatment and nearly painless care with our use of sedation. Dr. James has ranked within the top ten on national boards for advanced understanding of oral medicines and physiology. Let our experienced team solve your oral complications in as painless a manner as possible.