When a tooth is badly decayed and diseased, sometimes it’s necessary to remove it. However, it’s almost always preferable to keep the tooth intact, if possible.
One of the best forms of treatment that preserves your natural teeth is known as root canal therapy. Robert Matlach Dental offers root canal therapy to save teeth from extraction.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
When it’s been established that a tooth is infected, root canal therapy can often be performed. A root canal is a treatment that removes the infected pulp tissue of a tooth. After the infected pulp has been taken out, the tooth is sealed with a dental crown to prevent further tooth infections from occurring.
In the past, infected teeth had to be extracted in order to protect your health. Root canal therapy allows us to save your tooth and protect your mouth at the same time! This procedure is a great solution for a tooth infection because it allows the tooth to continue to function as a normal, healthy tooth would— without putting your other teeth at risk.
Tooth infection occurs when bacteria gets into the pulp of the tooth through a crack, a cavity, or even loosened dental restorations. Once the bacteria has gotten inside, it irritates the nerve, causing a horrible toothache.
If you have been experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have a tooth infection that needs to be addressed. Some signs that you have a tooth infection include the following:
- A darkening color on your tooth.
- Persistent toothache.
- Facial swelling.
- Bad breath.
- Bad taste in your mouth.
- Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold foods/drinks.
- A small bump on gums near area of tooth pain.
- Swelling or tenderness in the gums around the tooth.
Any combination of these distressing symptoms could indicate serious oral health issues, including a potential tooth infection.
Root Canal Therapy at Robert Matlach Dental
If left untreated, an infected tooth can cause widespread infection throughout your entire mouth.
Root canal therapy involves accessing the inner cavity of the tooth’s root. Once inside the pulp chamber of the tooth, Dr. Matlach will clean away any infected tissues and thoroughly clean the area. Then this pulp chamber will be filled with a type of material that will prevent further infection.
After root canal treatment, a tooth will need to be capped with a dental crown for additional protection.
The results of root canal therapy go beyond clearing out a dangerous tooth infection. You will notice relief from your toothache and other distressing symptoms. You can also chew comfortably again.
Let Robert Matlach Dental Relieve Your Toothache and Save Your Tooth!
We want to alleviate the toothache and distressing symptoms you have been experiencing. We also want to help you save your tooth! Call today to get help from our talented Huntington dentist, Dr. Matlach.