In dentistry, a root canal has a bad reputation, but that is undeserved. This procedure that has a very high success rate, and it can save your natural tooth, often for a full lifetime of continued use. And modern root canal therapy can be done comfortably. If you have an infected tooth, you likely already feel more pain on a daily basis than you will experience during or after a procedure. A root canal is pain relief.
Symptoms of an Infected Tooth
Sometimes a cavity becomes so severe that the bacteria reaches the pulp of the tooth and causes a painful infection. This is called an infected or abscessed tooth. Symptoms of an abscessed tooth include:
- Spontaneous tooth pain
- Long-lasting sensitivity to heat, cold, pressure, or sweets
- Discolored tooth
- A persistent foul taste or bad breath
- A pimple-like sore on the gums
- Localized heat in the tooth or gums
An infected tooth can be very serious. The infection can spread from the tooth to the sinuses, brain, lungs, or blood. Once this happens, the infection can become life-threatening. Even if the infection doesn’t become immediately life-threatening, it can damage your heart, increasing your risk of heart disease long-term.
If you have an infected tooth, you must seek dental care to assess and resolve the infection.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal can stop the pain and save an infected tooth. This involves removing the decayed parts of the tooth, pulp, and nerve, and then sealing up the pulp chamber to prevent future infection. Dr. Collins then places a dental crown on the tooth to protect and provide a natural-looking repaired tooth. Root canal therapy gets a bad rap for being a very painful procedure, but it can actually be done quite comfortably with the proper use of anesthetic.
Attractive, Long-Lasting, Comfortable Results
At Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics, we make sure your restored tooth will look highly attractive. A tooth treated with a root canal can become discolored, but we will make sure yours looks natural and as attractive as the others in your mouth.
We also use only the highest-quality materials so your crown can last as long as possible, often decades.
And because we are trained in neuromuscular dentistry, we know how to make dental crowns that don’t interfere with the fit and function of your bite. After a brief adjustment period, you will be happy with how well your bite works, and you won’t get any jaw discomfort or muscle tension headaches that can be caused by poorly fitted restorations.