Do you cringe when you hear “root canal?” Unfortunately, many people have heard a lot of misinformation about this crucial dental procedure. As a result, people avoid the dentist when suffering from an infection or a dental abscess. Root canal therapy can return your tooth to full function and appearance. In today’s blog, your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, explains the importance of root canal therapy.
What Causes an Infected Tooth?
In the center of your tooth and in the canals is a bundle of living tissue known as dental pulp. The pulp acts as the nerve center of your tooth, keeping teeth healthy and overseeing the flow of blood and nutrients to and from the tooth. Whether via advanced tooth decay or dental injury, bacteria sometimes reaches the pulp. When this happens, the teeth maybe become infected or develop a dental abscess. If left untreated, the infection can kill the tooth, at which point the tooth will need to be extracted.
The Symptoms of a Dental Infection
Patients suffering from a dental infection report several similar symptoms, including:
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Swelling around the tooth
- Pain when biting down or chewing
- Bad breath
- Foul tasting discharge
If your exhibit one or more of these symptoms, talk to Dr. Johnson today.
Root Canal Therapy
During a root canal, Dr. Johnson will open the tooth and remove the infected tissue. After cleaning the tooth, she will then seal it with restorative materials. In many cases, the tooth will be capped with a dental crown, protecting the remaining tooth structure and preventing further infection. The crown will look completely natural, blending seamlessly with your smile.
Schedule a Visit with Your Des Moines IA General Dentist
Do you have any more questions or concerns regarding root canal therapy? Do you think you may have an infected or abscessed tooth? If so, please contact your Des Moines IA general dentist today. We offer the latest in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. Call our 50266 dentist office at 515-223-9764 for more information. We welcome patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.