Treating An Infected Tooth

When a tooth becomes infected, whether due to injury or an advanced cavity, then you could suffer from seriously uncomfortable symptoms, as well as the risk of losing the tooth altogether. To treat your dental infection and ensure the comfort and beauty of your smile, then your Redmond, OR, dentist may suggest a root canal procedure.

The Causes of an Infected Tooth

How does a tooth become infected anyway? The inner pulp is your tooth’s nerve center, the bundle of tissues that oversees the flow of blood and nutrients to and from the tooth. The pulp is surrounded by layers of dentin, which make up most of your tooth’s structure, and is then protected by the thin layer of outer enamel, the hardest substance in the human body. However, should an injury or poor oral hygiene weaken and erode the enamel, then bacteria reach the inner dentin and cause a cavity. Unless treated, the cavity grows and allows bacteria to make contact with the pulp, causing an infection.

When Should You Seek Treatment?

Warning signs include pain when eating or biting down, tooth sensitivity and toothaches, swelling near the aching tooth, and even a discharge for the tooth itself. If you begin to experience one or more of these symptoms, then you should see our team right away. The sooner we address the concern, the sooner we can prevent the loss of your tooth! You see, a severely infected tooth could spread infection to surrounding teeth unless we extract the tooth.

Root Canals and Crowns

We start by examining the smile to identify the cause of your discomfort. If we find an advanced cavity or an infected tooth, then we will administer a local anesthetic to the area around the tooth, and then open it to access and remove the compromised tissues. We then clean the interior of the tooth and fill the area with a special restorative material known as gutta percha. The next step involves placing a crown, which covers the tooth and protects it from further injury, decay, or infection. The crown itself will be custom-made for your smile, to ensure a comfortable fit and that it mimics the appearance of surrounding teeth. We may create them from lifelike, metal-free options like ceramic or porcelain. If you have any questions about treating infected teeth, or if you begin to experience persistent pain in your smile, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Restorative Treatment?

To avoid the loss of your tooth and uncomfortable symptoms, then you may need a restorative treatment, such as a root canal procedure. To learn more about our approach to restorative care and smile preservation, then schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.