Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected.
How Did My Tooth Get Infected?
Even if you brush and floss diligently, tooth infection may still occur. The two most common causes of infection are:
- Deep cavities
- Fractured or broken teeth
Repeat dental treatments can also cause tooth infection. The idea behind infection is that the tooth is open and vulnerable, allowing bacteria to get into the inner tissues and nerves. The bacteria can cause an infection that will kill the pulp.
The pulp must be removed to prevent the infection from gathering at the root tip. When the infection spreads, it can pass into the jawbone, causing an abscess and permanent damage to the bone. All infections must be treated before they become severely painful or even life-threatening.
Fortunately, we can catch dental infection before it spreads too far. Come in for your regular appointments and keep an eye out for the signs of tooth infection.
Signs & Symptoms
Do you need a root canal? Look for the following signs:
- Lingering tooth pain or sensitivity
- Pimple-like bump on the gums
- Sensitivity to biting or tapping on the tooth
- Radiating oral pain that is difficult to pinpoint
Remember, some patients experience no symptoms of infection. See your dentist every six months for an exam and x-rays to ensure your oral health.
Come visit Hammons Family Dental today. We make every visit personal and comfortable, and that includes root canal treatment. Rest assured that our dentists use root canal treatment to eliminate pain and danger, not to cause it. Our treatment success rates are very high.
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