It comes as no surprise that any acute or chronic tooth pain is not normal. As with any pain, it is the body’s signal that something is wrong and needs to be addressed. Whether your toothache is due to infection, trauma, or disease, seeing a doctor specialized in treating tooth pain is beneficial for your smile and your health. Experts in saving teeth, endodontists are your doctor of choice if you are suffering from chronic or acute tooth pain. Using expertise in the function and anatomy of tooth interiors, our endodontist can accurately diagnose your toothache and provide personalized treatment designed to save your natural tooth and restore your smile’s health.
Symptoms of an Infected Tooth
Chronic tooth pain
Swelling at the site
Abscess around the tooth
Endodontics: More than Halting a Toothache
While all our endodontic procedures are designed to end tooth pain and save your tooth, the advantages of treating a toothache go much further. Without treatment, the infection that causes tooth pain can spread throughout the mouth and body, affecting overall health. In rare cases, the resulting bacteria can spread to the sinuses, lungs, and even the brain. Don’t wait to treat your tooth pain! Timely treatment from our experienced endodontist not only saves your natural tooth but can maintain the health of your whole body.
Infection of the tooth pulp can lead to long-term discomfort, cause the formation of a painful cyst, or, if the pain subsides, can mean that the tooth has died and will need extraction. Virtually pain-free thanks to modern techniques, root canals involve removing the damaged pulp from inside the tooth and filling the chamber with a filling material. Once sealed and capped with a dental crown, the tooth looks and functions normally.
Unfortunately, some root canals can heal improperly and can cause tooth pain months and sometimes years afterward. If this occurs, endodontic retreatment provides a second chance at saving the tooth. By removing the materials inside the tooth and treating additional canals and infection, the tooth can be properly restored back to optimal health. With a new dental crown, the tooth can once again function painlessly.
Endodontic surgery can include treatment for trauma and other issues, but the most common type is an apicoectomy or root-end resection. This treatment involves accessing the bone and root ends through a micro-incision in the gum tissue. Infected tissue can be quickly removed, and the end of the root canal sealed with a filling to prevent the return of the infection. The bone will heal naturally around the tooth roots, providing stable, pain-free support.
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