Untreated Tooth Decay Can Lead to Serious Infection
When bacteria is left untreated, infection can occur inside the pulp chamber of the tooth. The tooth pulp contains nerves, arteries and veins that help keep a tooth healthy, but when inflamed and infected, the decay can cause pain and other health complications. A root canal is typically required to remove the infection and relieve pain. Contrary to popular belief, the purpose of a root canal is to relieve pain and save a tooth. However, if the infection is left untreated, a painful abscess may form, the tooth may require extraction. The infection can spread to other teeth or parts of your body, potentially causing systemic health conditions like heart disease or stroke.
Do You Think You Might have a Tooth Infection?
Symptoms of a tooth infection include:
- Constant toothache
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pain when biting or chewing
- Recurring fever
- Swelling of the face or cheek
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Abscess or pus forming around a tooth
The Root Canal Process
Your comfort is always a priority for us when performing a root canal procedure and after treatment, you will likely feel a relief from the toothache caused by infection. The process involves creating a small opening in the crown of the tooth so that we can access the infection inside. We will then clean out the infected pulp and reshape the tooth canal. A biocompatible material called gutta-percha is then added to the reshaped canal of the tooth to provide support. To protect the tooth, we will have a customized dental crown created to cover your tooth and restore function and appearance back to your bite and smile.