Antibiotics and your body’s immunity can’t resolve an infected tooth. Once your tooth’s pulp has an infection, only a root canal can save your tooth from extraction.
At Sunny Family Dental in Chino Hills, California, Dr. Uday Shah and the team provide root canal therapy to help you enjoy using your smile without pain, and the treated tooth can survive a lifetime with proper maintenance.
An infected (abscessed) tooth can cause numerous health complications, including jawbone loss. Early treatment of a dental abscess is vital before the infection spreads to the surrounding tissue and other body parts.
Although only a dentist or endodontist can confirm a tooth infection, there are signs you can watch out for. These include:
A tooth infection occurs when an opening in your tooth allows bacteria to infiltrate the pulp chamber. This inlet can be created by a large cavity, failing dental work, periodontal disease, or injury to the tooth. When we suspect a tooth infection, we use dental X-rays to identify the source and extent of the infection.
Tooth infection won’t go away on its own. Although pain may subside after some time, it doesn’t mean the problem is over. This temporary relief happens when the nerves inside your tooth die off. While the pain isn’t pronounced, the bacteria continue to spread and may seep into the adjacent tissues, causing permanent damage.
Typically, a root canal requires one to three visits, and each tooth needs about 30-60 minutes.
We perform a root canal after anesthetizing your mouth to minimize pain. After isolating your tooth with a dental dam, we make a small opening at the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. Then, our dental team removes the infected pulp tissue and thoroughly cleans your canals to eliminate harmful bacteria. The final step is to fill the resulting cavity with gutta-percha before restoring your tooth with a filling or crown.
Root canals save badly damaged or decayed teeth that would otherwise be extracted. Saving your natural tooth helps you avoid the consequences of tooth loss or the costs involved in replacing your tooth.