When your tooth is badly infected, it loses its integrity, causing it to rot away. The tooth’s infection may then spread to the other teeth in your mouth. To prevent this from happening, your dental experts at Wambaugh Dental may recommend endodontic therapy. With this treatment, we can remove the infection and ensure that your teeth can stay healthy in the future. To learn more about this treatment option, reach out to Wambaugh Dental today at 844.508.1034.
What is Endodontic Therapy?
Endodontic therapy, also known as a root canal, is a relatively painless treatment that aims at clearing infection and protecting the tooth from subsequent infections.
When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue, and germs can cause infection. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result.
This infection not only puts your jawbones at risk for injury, but it is also detrimental to your overall health. Without the proper treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.
Teeth that require endodontic therapy are not always painful. However, signs you may need a root canal include:
- Severe toothache
- Pain upon chewing or application of pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- Dark discoloration of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums