Infections in the teeth are extremely painful. They should also be treated promptly since avoiding treatment will cause further damage, which may require more extensive procedures – including extraction.
Endodontic therapy is one of the ways that we treat infections. You’ve probably already heard of the most commonly used type of endodontic treatment: the root canal.
What Is a Root Canal?
Understanding the procedure and why we perform it can go a long way toward relieving your anxiety.
When a tooth becomes damaged by decay or trauma, an opening is created that allows bacteria to seep into the pulp of your tooth. These bacteria can then create an infection in the interior of your tooth. As pressure builds, your nerve will start sending signals to your brain in the form of pain to let you know that something is wrong.
To treat the infection and relieve your pain, Dr. Sonbol will use specially designed instruments to create an access hole in your tooth. Through this hole, the infected material will be removed along with the nerve of the tooth. If needed, an antibiotic treatment may be placed into this area to destroy any remaining bacteria. The tooth will then be filled and sealed to prevent further infection.
Because removing the nerve can cause the tooth to become brittle, Dr. Sonbol may recommend a protective crown, especially if the tooth handles a lot of pressure from chewing.
Emergency Dental Care
Dental emergencies, including infections, tend to happen at inconvenient moments, and we want to make getting prompt treatment as convenient for you as possible. If you are in pain, please don’t hesitate to call our office so that we can treat you quickly.
Most treatments are performed right here in our Altamonte Springs dental office to help make your life easier. In some cases, we may need to refer out, but we will discuss this with you beforehand, and we have relationships with specialists whom we trust to treat our patients well.
Never ignore dental pain. It’s your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right and needs to be addressed. Call our office today and we’ll help you feel better fast.