A tooth infection is usually caused by a cavity or damaged tooth. When the pulp found in the inner chamber or root canal of a tooth becomes infected, it can cause inflammation and damage. A root canal procedure is often utilized to preserve the natural tooth structure and prevent further tooth infections. Many patients may think that a root canal is painful, but at West Annapolis Family Dentistry we make it our mission to ensure that patients are as comfortable and relaxed as possible when receiving care.
Symptoms of Tooth Infection
Common signs of a tooth infection often include:
- Pain when biting or chewing
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
- Red, swollen, and tender gums
- Discolored teeth
- Face or cheek swelling
- Stomach pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- A bad taste in the mouth
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, call our office at (410) 216-4199. Our friendly staff will be happy to assess your problems and answer any questions you may have. We also have an array of cosmetic and restorative solutions to choose from following treatment.
Root Canal Therapy
The root canal procedure may be executed over one or several in-office visits. Before treating a patient, our dentists will evaluate the infected tooth or teeth as well as the root canal. An anesthetic will also be used to relax and provide pain-free care to patients.
During the procedure, a small hole is made in the back of the tooth so that the infected tissues and damaged nerves can be carefully removed. The root canal will be cleaned, disinfected, and temporarily sealed until the infection has healed. The interior of the tooth will then be filled with a biocompatible material called gutta percha. A permanent seal may then be made with a dental crown, a stable restoration that covers and strengthens teeth.
Contact Our Office Today
Do you think you may have a tooth infection? Prevent infection from spreading with a root canal procedure. Call West Annapolis Family Dentistry for comprehensive solutions today at (410) 216-4199. Request an appointment with our staff on our website.