We Use Root Canals to Treat Infected Teeth

An infected tooth can be a painful experience for someone and could end up needing a root canal. If the infection was not caught early on, having the issue fixed will be the most significant priority someone has. Not only from the pain of the infection, but other factors could be occurring such as bad breath or a taste in the person's mouth that will not go away.

What is an infected tooth?

Another term for a tooth that is infected is that it has an abscess and can be extremely sensitive. Once it has been determined that there is an abscess, then the procedure to complete the root canal is pretty straight forward.

It is best to ensure that the abscess is completely taken care of so that the root canal can be done. This will ensure that the structure of the tooth can be saved and kept in good condition. The steps to complete the root canal when dealing with an infected abscessed tooth are as follows:

Step 1: Drain the abscess

First, the dentist will have to make a tiny incision into the gum. After doing this, it will allow the dentist to drain the pus from the tooth that is causing the build-up of bacteria and the infection to occur.

Step 2: Perform the root canal

Doing the root canal can help in draining the abscess and be the determining factor of saving the tooth. A dentist completes this by drilling into the tooth and removing the bacteria-filled area. After ensuring that the abscess is drained and clear, the dentist will perform the seal. The seal of a root canal will ensure that no bacteria or other debris gets in the chamber of the tooth which could be painful and cause other issues to arise.

Step 3: After the root canal

After the root canal is done, either a crown or dental filling will be used to help fill and keep the area safe and secure. On some occasions and depending on the state of the tooth and mouth, a dentist may leave the root canal open for a time to help in ensuring the abscess is drained completely.

Typically the dental crown or dental filling is used and is an essential aspect of having a root canal. Because the tooth chamber is exposed during a root canal, ensuring that the area is kept secure and free from the chance of having bacteria beginning to infect the area again is crucial. It is important to have this protection to ensure that the tooth stays healthy and intact and does not need to be extracted.

Have more questions about root canals and infected teeth?

Have more questions about root canals and how they can help with an infected tooth? Give our office a call, and we will gladly answer any additional questions you may have. Contact us today!

Request an appointment here: https://bellemeadesmilecenter.com or call Belle Meade Smile Center at (615) 994-6008 for an appointment in our Nashville office.

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