One of the most common dental procedures out there is the root canal, which millions of Americans undergo each year. A root canal is needed when the pulp inside of a tooth or several teeth becomes infected. The pulp is made up of the nerves and soft tissue inside the root canal, or middle of the tooth. Decaying teeth can cause an infection that may spread. Patients with severe decay require a tooth extraction as a last resort. The root canal can help prevent tooth loss by removing infection and cleaning the affected tooth.
Symptoms of Tooth Infection
Look out for these signs of infection and call our office if you notice any that seem familiar:
- Tooth sensitivity to temperature and pressure
- Face swelling
- Pain in the neck, jaw, or ear
- Difficulty swallowing
Several risk factors including poor hygiene, a diet high in sugar, or dry mouth may make more patients prone to a tooth infection than others.
Steps to Prevent Tooth Infection
There are several steps you can take to ensure your teeth don’t get infected:
- Schedule regular checkups and cleanings
- Limit sugary foods and drinks
- Replace your tooth brush every 3 to 4 months
- Use dental floss when you brush your teeth
- Use fluoride toothpaste and water
However, if you have noticed severe symptoms like call our Charlotte, NC office. We will be happy to provide you with comprehensive treatment.
The Root Canal Procedure
The procedure starts with Dr. Reece making a small hole in the affected tooth to remove the infected pulp. He will clean and polish the tooth and fill it with gutta percha, a biocompatible rubber compound. A dental filling or dental crown will then be used to cover the tooth, preventing further damage. Local anesthesia and nitrous oxide are used to minimize pain during the procedure.
Schedule a Root Canal
If you want to remove infection and get cleaner teeth today, call Dentistry of the Queen City at 704.486.8911. Dr. Reece and his team will provide treatment in their Charlotte, NC office. They will also be happy to answer any questions you may have about the root canal procedure.