Does My Smile Have An Infected Tooth?

When a tooth develops an infection, treatment in a timely manner is crucial. Otherwise, the risk of losing the tooth altogether becomes more likely. What should our Albuquerque, NM, patients do when they develop an infection?

What Causes a Dental Infection?

Our inner pulp is a bundle of living tissue, keeps our tooth alive and healthy, overseeing the flow of blood and nutrients into and out of the tooth. When harmful bacteria come into contact with the inner pulp, then an infection arises. The infection could develop due to an untreated cavity or injury to the tooth, such as a chip or fracture. Without treatment, the infection could kill the pulp, effectively causing the tooth to die and require extraction. The infection then spreads to surrounding teeth and into the jawbone. Treatment is crucial for maintaining the stability and health of your smile!

Signs to See Your Dentist

What warning signs should you be aware of? Watch out for pain when biting down or eating. Persistent toothaches and tooth sensitivity may occur as well. Patients with infected teeth may experience fever, swelling near the tooth, or a discharge from the tooth itself. If one or more of these possible warning signs applies to your smile, then see your dentist right away. You may have an advanced cavity or an infected tooth that requires treatment.

The Root Canal Procedure

The treatment involves administering a local anesthetic to ensure a comfortable treatment experience. We then open the tooth and remove the infected tissue form within. We apply a restorative filling material and then cap the tooth with a custom-made dental crown. The crown looks natural and protects the tooth from further decay or infection. If you have any questions about the root canal procedure, or if you think you may need treatment, then contact our team today.

Let’s Repair Your Smile!

At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Mark A. Miller and our team will restore your infected tooth and help you enjoy a healthier smile. Contact us today at 505-299-2979 to schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM, office. We welcome patients and families from Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and all surrounding communities.