When a tooth is infected, whether due to injury or untreated tooth decay, then you need treatment to avoid the risk of losing your tooth. Our team can help with a safe and comfortable endodontic treatment. At your Farmington, MI, dental office, we can protect and preserve your smile with a root canal procedure.
The Signs Your Tooth Is Infected
Infection means that harmful bacteria has reached your pulp, the living tissues at the center of your tooth. This could happen when a tooth is cracked or chipped, or worn down by grinding and clenching. Untreated tooth decay is also a common cause, as the decay grows and spreads with time. The infection could cause serious pain and without treatment, could lead to tooth loss or the need for extraction to safeguard surrounding teeth from the spread of infection. Warning signs include toothaches and tooth sensitivity, pain when you bite down or chew, swelling near the tooth, a poor-tasting discharge from the tooth, or even jaw and facial pain. Don’t ignore persistent pain in and around a tooth, let us know right away!
Ensuring Your Comfort During Treatment
Our team will examine your smile, using digital x-rays to obtain clear named high-definition images of the tooth’s interior, so we can assess the position and extent of your infection. We then administer a local anesthetic to the tooth, and can also discuss sedation options to ensure you feel comfortable and relaxed during treatment. Once you’re ready for the procedure, we start treatment to save your tooth and keep your smile whole.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy involves opening the tooth so we can reach and remove the infected tissues from within. Once we remove these tissues, we thoroughly clean the interior of your tooth and add a special restorative material to the interior of the tooth and the root canals. Our team then caps the tooth with a crown, one custom-made from durable and lifelike materials like ceramic, so it blends with your smile and provides protection against tooth decay and infection. Our team can then discuss changes to your daily routine to reduce the risk of decay and infection, such as better brushing and flossing habits, a healthier diet, and visits for checkups and cleanings every six months.
If you have any questions about how we design and treat an infected tooth, or about the benefits of root canal therapy, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to keep your smile whole and healthy!
Talk to Your Farmington, MI, Dentist About Family Dentistry
Our root canal procedure can help stop discomfort and protect your smile from complications. To ask questions or set up your appointment, please call Farmington Smiles in Farmington, MI today at 248-474-8060.