An infected or abscessed tooth is an example of an emergency situation that requires treatment from your Redmond, OR, dentist. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at how we address issues like infections or abscesses, when you should contact our team for an appointment. We also have tips for preventing issues like decay or infection!
The Factors Behind an Infected Tooth
How does a tooth actually become infected? The trouble starts once bacteria comes into contact with your inner pulp, the group of tissues at the center of your tooth. The pulp keeps your tooth healthy and functional. However, when a cavity forms as a result or poor oral hygiene or an injured tooth, the decay will spread through your tooth unless treated. Eventually, this means bacteria finally reaches the pulp. The infection needs to be treated quickly otherwise the tooth could develops severe discomfort and even require extraction to prevent infection from reaching other teeth.
When to Seek Treatment
You should contact our team for an appointment if you begin to experience a toothache that lasts for more than 48 hours, or suffer pain when biting down or chewing. Swelling near the tooth is common, as is a discharge from it. If you begin to experience one or more of these common warning signs, then please contact our team. We will perform a detailed examine to identify the cause of your discomfort. If we discover an infected tooth, then we will likely perform a root canal procedure to save it.
The Benefits of a Root Canal Procedure
The root canal halts the infection and prevents it from spreading to other teeth. We start by administering a local anesthetic, which helps ensure you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. We open the tooth to access and remove the tissues from within that have become infected. We then clean the inside of the tooth and add a special restorative material. The final step involves placing a crown, which covers the tooth and helps protect it from further injury to damage. We designed the crown to ensure it blends with the appearance of your surrounding teeth as well. You then leave with a comfortable smile! Know that we also practice strict cleaning and disinfecting protocols, cleaning tools and surfaces in between each patient visit. We will also schedule appointments in a way that ensures you have a empty waiting room, not a crowded one.
Do You Have Questions About Emergency Treatments?
If you need to see our team due to pain or damaged teeth, then please contact our team. To learn more about our approach to restorative dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.