Infections inside teeth can be detrimental, and if left untreated, you can lose an infected tooth and it may pose other health risks. In most cases, an infected tooth can be treated with root canal therapy, relieving pain and saving the tooth. Our team at Scott A. Babin, DDS and Associates offers root canal therapy for painful, infected teeth at our clinic in Edmonds, and Renton, WA..
Each tooth has nerves inside its roots. These nerves are important when the tooth is growing and emerging, but they are not necessary to maintain a healthy adult tooth. When an infection or decay reaches the inner portion of the tooth, it can cause irritation of these nerves. Infections or abscesses in teeth often cause pain, but more importantly, they can jeopardize the tooth. Root canal therapy is often the only option to save an infected tooth and stop the pain.
Root Canals Offers Pain Relief for Infected Teeth
What is root canal therapy? Each tooth has one or more roots that extend down into the jaw through the tooth socket. Inside the roots are nerves that connect the tooth to the nervous system, surrounded by pulp. A root canal is used to clean out the decay and the infected pulp from inside the affected tooth roots; the nerve roots are also removed. Once the root is cleaned and disinfected, it is repacked with sterile material, and the tooth is sealed. In many cases, a dental crown is placed over the weakened tooth to protect it from further damage. The treatment can eliminate infected tooth pain and stop the spread of infection.
Root canal therapy can relieve infected tooth pain in as little as one visit and save a tooth from extraction. If you have a painful tooth, contact our team at Scott A. Babin, DDS and Associates. Our team can schedule an exam to determine whether you have an abscess or tooth infection. We offer root canal therapy in a relaxed and comfortable environment, with sedation dentistry available.