Millions of Americans receive root canal treatment each year. Root canals are designed to save a natural tooth or teeth from extraction. Preserving a natural tooth can help support adjacent teeth and prevent tooth decay from spreading. The pulp found inside the root canal in the center of each tooth is made up of nerves and soft tissue. These nerves and tissue can become infected and cause tooth decay. Patients with severe tooth decay often require a root canal to remove the infection. Tooth extraction is only used as a last resort.
Symptoms of Tooth Infection
Look out for these common signs of infection before tooth decay becomes a difficulty:
- Tooth sensitivity to temperature and pressure
- Face swelling
- Pain in the neck, jaw, or ear
- Difficulty swallowing
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, it could be a sign of infection. You can call the Stewart Dental Group office at 704-255-4256 for treatment to remove the infection at the source.
How to Prevent Tooth Infection
There are several steps that you can take to help prevent infection:
- Schedule regular checkups and cleanings
- Replace your tooth brush every 3 to 4 months
- Use dental floss when you brush your teeth
- Use fluoride toothpaste and water
- Limit sugary foods and drinks
Risk factors for tooth infection include poor hygiene, a diet high in sugar, or dry mouth. These conditions may make some patients more prone to tooth infection than others.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is completed during one to three office visits depending on the patient’s specific needs. To begin the procedure, a small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth into the inner chamber. The diseased tissue is removed and the chamber is cleaned and disinfected. The chamber and tooth canals are filled with a rubbery elastic material. This material seals the tooth and keeps decay out of the now cleaned and disinfected tooth.
Call to Schedule an Appointment
Remove infection at the source and prevent future oral health problems. Call the Stewart Dental Group at 704-255-4256. You can also request an appointment with Dr. Randall or Melissa Stewart online here.