Don’t Wait to Treat an Infected Tooth

You have noticed that things are different. One of your teeth is undeniably more sensitive than the rest. You notice this when drinking your morning coffee or drinking a cool drink in the afternoon.

That may be the first indication you get that you have an infected tooth. It is also a good reason to make an appointment at our Decatur, AL office as soon as you are able.

A root canal can clear the infection at its source and set your oral health back on the right path. Call 256-274-8680 to make your appointment at River Oaks Dental Care. 

Think of Your Health

Tooth infections don’t occur all of a sudden. Typically, it starts with tooth decay, gum disease, or a dental injury. A cavity, periodontal problems, and cracked teeth each create opportunities for bacteria to eat into a tooth.

Over time, the bacteria can eat deeper into the tooth. When that reaches the pulp at the innermost layer of the tooth, it can create inflammation of the soft tissue. This can put pressure on the nerves inside the tooth.

At first, you may experience intermittent tooth pain. This can become a steady toothache, too. If the infection spreads, it can affect other teeth, but it doesn’t stop there. The infection can get into your bloodstream and spread to other parts of your body as well.

We aren’t sharing this to be alarmist. However, we do want to encourage you to address this problem as soon as you are able.

Eliminate the Pain

A root canal treatment takes care of the infection.

Many people — even those who aren’t afraid of the dentist — have anxiety about this procedure. Often this anxiety comes from how root canals are portrayed in television and movies or how they are described by people who had this procedure decades ago.

In modern dental care, we have better ways to keep you pain-free and relaxed throughout the procedure. We will remove the infected tissue from your tooth, clean out the interior of your tooth, and fill it with a special material to reinforce the tooth.

To complete the treatment, we cap the tooth with a dental crown. This restores the appearance of the tooth and allows you to bite and chew without pain again.

Act Now to Fix Your Problem

Tooth infections can take weeks or months to develop. You may dismiss the tooth sensitivity at first, especially if it comes and goes. That sensitivity can turn into persistent pain and lead to serious oral and overall health consequences.

The sooner you act, the less likely you are to experience serious problems. With a root canal treatment, you can restore your oral health and your natural-looking smile. If you act early enough, you may even avoid the pain of a toothache entirely.

Do what is best for you and for your smile. Repair your infected tooth by visiting us.

Call 256-274-8680 or schedule online to set up an appointment at River Oaks Dental Care in Decatur, AL.