In healthy mouths, it is not possible for the interior of a tooth to become infected. But when teeth are broken or when decay wears away at the tooth enough, the interior of the tooth can be attacked by harmful bacteria. Make sure to see your dentist regularly to maintain your oral health.
A root canal is a procedure that targets infection in the root of the tooth. By creating an opening into the tooth and clearing out the infected pulp in the root canal, our doctors neutralize the infection and restore your oral health. Once the infection is cleared, the root of your tooth is filled with special compound, a post may be inserted to support the structure of the tooth, and the crown of your tooth is restored to its proper shape. This is a simple procedure that takes place in one visit and is nearly painless with proper anesthesia.
As experienced general dentists in Pearland and Friendswood, our team will be able to identify the infection in the root of your tooth by consulting your x-rays. In many but not all cases, when the infection has progressed far enough, you will begin feeling intense pain in your tooth as well as painful sensitivity to hot and cold.
If you continue without treating the infection, the best case scenario is that the tooth is eventually lost. Besides losing your tooth to infection, another possibility is that an abscess will form that can seriously damage the jawbone and cause increased pain. If the infection continues to spread, it can eventually become life threatening.