How do you know if your tooth becomes infected? You may experience serious pain in and around your smile, pain which could indicate a serious need for treatment. In today’s blog, we’re going to discuss the warning signs of an infected tooth, and when our Albuquerque, NM, patients should come to us for treatment.
Our pulp, a bundle of living tissue in the center of our tooth, keeps each tooth healthy. However, if bacteria come into contact with the pulp a dental infection could develop. This contact could happen as a result of an untreated cavity to possibly an injury to the tooth. Without treatment, the infection could eventually kill the pulp, a process that then allows infection to reach surrounding teeth and the jawbone itself. Treating the issue is essential for protecting the overall health and stability of your smile.
As we covered above, an infection typically occurs as a result of a severe cavity or a cracked or broken tooth. Patients with an infected tooth may report pain when eating or chewing, swelling near the tooth, a discharge from the tooth, fever, or headaches. If you begin to experience discomfort, please let us know. If you have a cavity, we may address the issue in one visit with a filling. If you have an aching tooth, then we may recommend a root canal procedure. Remember, if you attend routine six-month checkups and cleaning, we often uncover these issues in the early stages, usually before you experience discomfort.
The procedure involves first opening the tooth to remove the infected tissue from within. Afterward, we thoroughly clean the interior of the tooth before placing a restorative filling material. After we cure the material, we move onto the final step, which involves capping the tooth with a custom-made dental crown. The crown not only looks natural, but is strong and durable, protecting the tooth from further decay or damage. In a single visit in most cases, we will correct the issue and restore your tooth to optimal health, function, and beauty. If you have pain in your smile, then let us know! Don’t risk losing your tooth altogether. If you have any questions about preserving your oral health and protecting your smile, then contact our team today to talk about our restorative treatment options!
At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Mark A. Miller and our team will restore the health and beauty of your smile with a comfortable endodontic procedure. Contact us today at (505) 596-4479 to schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM, office. We welcome patients and families from Rio Rancho, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and all surrounding communities.
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