When a cavity doesn’t receive treatment, or if a crack or chip exposes the inner pulp, a tooth may become infected or abscessed. To prevent a lost tooth, you should see your Mansfield, TX, dentists when you notice any persistent discomfort. To treat infection and return smiles to their optimal state and appearance we may suggest an endodontic treatment known as root canal therapy.

The Causes of an Infection

A tooth becomes infected when harmful bacteria reaches the inner pulp, a group of living tissues that keeps the tooth alive and healthy. The pulp is surrounded by dentin and coated with a thin layer of tooth enamel. Bacteria could reach the pulp as a result of an untreated cavity, which grows more severe with time and spreads. In addition, injury to the tooth, such as a chip or crack, could expose the inner layers of structure. When one develops, you may notice your teeth aches or hurts when you bite down or chew. Swelling near the tooth is common, as well as a discharge from the tooth itself. If you begin to experience regular pain, then contact our team right away to learn more.

The Root Canal Process

The treatment begins with the administration of a local anesthetic to the area around the tooth. We then open the tooth and remove the infected tissue from within. Afterward, we will clean the inside of the tooth carefully and fill it with a restorative material known as gutta percha. After we cure the material, we cap the tooth with a lifelike and custom-made crown, which blends with your smile and protects the tooth against further decay or injury.

Keeping Your Smile Strong

To avoid infections in the future, try to protect your tooth from decay or injury. To avoid tooth decay be sure you brush and floss daily, and also cut back on sugary foods and drinks. You also need to see our team for a checkup and cleaning every six months so we can remove plaque and watch for the warning signs of trouble. If you play sports, wear a custom-made mouthguard to help protect the teeth against chips or cracks. If you have any questions about treating dental infections or avoiding poor oral health, then contact our team today. We would love to help you enjoy 2020 with a healthier and more attractive smile.

Does Your Tooth Hurt?

Don’t ignore pain in your smile, instead see us for treatment so we can return your smile to optimal health, function, and beauty. We have an array of restorative treatments to help you maintain optimal oral health throughout the year. If you would like to schedule a consultation, then call Mansfield Dental Associates at 817-473-6227.