A toothache could be the first sign of a tooth infection. Tooth pain can be worrisome if you’ve not seen a dentist in a while. When left unchecked, a tooth infection can spread to the pulp of your tooth and damage the nerves and root. You could lose that tooth if you don’t act quickly to resolve this issue. At this stage, root canal therapy is the best option for preserving your tooth. At Kind Smiles Dental Health, we offer root canal therapy to our patients in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.
Through root canal therapy, Dr. Allison Konick can treat a tooth suffering from severe infection or decay to save it from extraction. Once bacteria from an infection damages your tooth’s pulp, the only treatment alternatives are root canal therapy and extraction. If your tooth can be saved, Dr. Konick will perform a root canal to keep you from losing a permanent tooth.
Root canal therapy starts with drilling your tooth to gain access to the infected pulp, nerves, and roots. We’ll then remove the infected interior of your tooth and cleanse the roots and canals of bacterial infection to keep it from spreading. Once your tooth chamber is clean, we’ll fill your tooth with gutta-percha material to seal it from future decay and infection. We’ll then place a dental crown or onlay on your tooth to restore its strength and usefulness.
Many people wonder if root canals are painful. The answer is no! Root canals are done under anesthesia, so you won’t feel any pain. If you’re wondering if this treatment is worth it, the answer is yes because root canals repair and restore infected teeth to save them from extraction. With proper care, root canal teeth can continue to be used for years. Repairing a tooth, when possible, is better than extracting it. Extraction comes with its own set of unique dental problems, not to mention the cost of getting a replacement tooth.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have a tooth infection that requires root canal treatment:
Tooth infections don’t heal on their own. The pain may subside temporarily, but that doesn’t mean the infection has disappeared. When left unchecked, harmful bacteria will continue to eat away at the enamel and interior of your tooth. Over time, it can spread to adjacent teeth and gum tissue, causing even more damage. The sooner you see your Lakewood Ranch dentist for an oral infection treatment, the sooner we can put you on the road to recovery.
Are you showing signs of an infected tooth? Contact Dr. Allison Konick from Kind Smiles Dental Health in Lakewood Ranch, FL, at (941) 253-5565 today to schedule your consultation for root canal treatment.