A tooth infection can create numerous risks to both oral health and general health. It can also cause extreme and debilitating pain, in addition to a variety of other serious side effects. Fortunately, advanced treatment options such as root canal therapy from our dentists at Delmarva Dental Services can help you get rid of a tooth infection and save the tooth before the infection gets worse.

Signs of a Tooth Infection

A collection of bacteria in a tooth’s pulp—which houses connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerves—can result in a tooth infection. The infection can often be caused by an untreated cavity, extensive decay, poor brushing and flossing routines, and/or a crack or fracture in the tooth enamel. Early signs of a tooth infection include sensitivity, pain, a consistent bad taste in the mouth, tenderness, swelling, and/or discoloration surrounding the tooth. In some cases, you may notice an abscess (often in the form of a bump or lump) that has developed around the infected tooth. These symptoms are important to recognize, as time is of the essence when it comes to treating a tooth infection. With that in mind, some individuals may not experience any overt symptoms of a tooth infection, even if it is occurring, which makes it all the more important to have regular dental check-ups to identify any oral health concerns as quickly as possible. Treatment for a tooth infection can ultimately save the tooth from extraction and help prevent serious risks to your overall health.

Root Canal Therapy

A root canal is a procedure in which the dentist removes the infected tissue within the tooth’s roots and cleans out the nerve chamber. Once this is accomplished, a custom dental crown is typically placed on the treated tooth, reinforcing its structure and enhancing its strength while improving its appearance, as well. Root canal therapy is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the field of dentistry, and steps will be taken to maximize comfort. The procedure can be performed utilizing a local anesthetic; however, patients can also select from a range of sedation dentistry options available at our practice in order to experience the most relaxing and comfortable treatment possible.

If you are suffering from a dental emergency, or if you would simply like more information on root canal therapy and the best options for obtaining healthy teeth and gums, please contact Delmarva Dental Services today.