When your tooth pain is more than just a minor toothache, you may have an infection. Robert J. Perez, DDS, knows how damaging tooth infections can be to your overall health. That’s why he performs high-quality root canal therapy at Impressive Smiles Tampa in Tampa, Florida. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more about how a root canal can save an infected tooth.
A root canal is a dental procedure created to save a tooth that’s in danger of being extracted. They are most commonly performed if you have a tooth infection. Without immediate treatment, the infection can spread to tissues outside of the tooth chamber, which leads to additional complications, such as a tooth abscess.
Three primary layers make up your tooth: enamel, dentin, and pulp. If an infection reaches your pulp, it begins to fester and grow. Fortunately, pulp is only needed when your tooth is still developing. Once the tooth fully matures, the pulp can be removed without impacting your tooth health.
During a root canal, Dr. Perez completely removes your tooth pulp and cleans out the entire chamber to eliminate the infection and prevent it from returning.
Some of the most common tooth-infection symptoms include:
If your tooth pulp is infected, it cannot clear on its own. In addition to a root canal, Dr. Perez may prescribe antibiotics to eradicate the infection.
During a root canal, Dr. Perez numbs the affected area with local anesthesia and drills an access hole in the center of your tooth. Using special dental tools, he removes the pulp and cleans out the entire tooth chamber to get rid of any bacteria, nerves, blood vessels, and other debris.
Once the chamber is completely clear, Dr. Perez fills it with a dental material called gutta-percha. He then seals the access hole to prevent the infection from returning. To further protect your tooth, he may cover it with a filling or dental crown at your follow-up appointment. This protects your tooth from cracking and keeps any signs of infection at bay.
A tooth infection isn’t just dangerous to your teeth, it’s a serious risk to your overall health. For more information on root canal therapy, call Impressive Smiles Tampa or book an appointment online.