Bacteria can get your teeth in several different ways. No matter how they get in, bacteria in the tooth is never a good situation. Not only can it cause excruciating pain, but infections in the teeth can also enter the bloodstream, which can then lead to serious health complications. National Dental Douglaston can help. With endodontic treatment, commonly known as a root canal, we can clear the infection and save your tooth from extraction.
HOW DOES AN INFECTION GET INSIDE THE TOOTH?
There are a few ways that an infection can enter the tooth. One way is through a chip or crack in the tooth that extends past the enamel into the inner layers. The risk of this happening is greater if you don’t seek treatment for tooth damage soon after it occurs. Bacteria can get in as a result of tooth decay eating through the enamel into the interior of your tooth. It can also enter as a result of gum disease. When bacteria get inside the tooth, they cause the pulp to become irritated and inflamed, leading to serious damage.
SYMPTOMS TO WATCH OUT FOR
There are several symptoms to be on the lookout for when it comes to an infection in your tooth. One of the most obvious signs is a dental abscess. An abscess is a sac that forms around the infection in an attempt to contain it. It often occurs when the infection begins spilling out of the root of your tooth. The sac tries to prevent bacteria from spilling into the jawbone. Untreated, abscesses continue to grow, damaging the bone in their path.
Other symptoms include:
- Severe toothache
- Swelling of the face and jaw
- Pain that lingers, even after eating
- Lingering sensitivity, even when your tooth is no longer exposed to heat or cold
- Bone loss in your jaw
HOW IS AN INFECTION DIAGNOSED?
If you suspect an infection, you should seek treatment right away. The only way to make an accurate diagnosis is through a dental exam. We will conduct a visual inspection as well as take images. Digital X-rays will allow us to see exactly what is happening at the roots of your teeth and in the jawbone. They are also essential for creating your treatment plan.
TREATING YOUR INFECTION WITH A ROOT CANAL
The only way to save an infected tooth, and avoid an extraction, is with a root canal. At National Dental, we use rotary endodontic treatment. The drill is equipped with a nickel-titanium tip, which is five times more flexible than the traditional stainless-steel manual file that was used in the past. This flexibility lowers the risk for complications as well as the risk of damaging the interior of your tooth.
After we administer a local anesthetic, we drill into the top of your affected tooth. We remove the pulp and nerve from the tooth. The canals are cleaned, disinfected and shaped. The canals are then filled, and the tooth is capped with a crown, which helps to strengthen the tooth and protect it from any new infections.
When an infection invades your teeth, the only way to clean it out and save the tooth is with a root canal. For more information on root canal treatment, or to schedule your consultation, contact National Dental Douglaston today at (718) 557-9882!