When a tooth becomes infected, it can cause pain and extreme discomfort. Once a tooth has an infection inside the root, it is at risk for loss unless the infection is removed. The most effective option for saving an infected tooth is root canal therapy, which removes the infection from inside the root. At Southern Oaks Family Dental Care, we offer advanced root canal treatment at our dental center in Baton Rouge, LA.
Teeth have between one and four roots that attach to the jawbone. Inside the roots, the nerves and live tissue exists. If bacteria enter the inside of the tooth roots from tooth decay or damage to the exterior tooth, an infection inside the tooth can occur. Abscesses could form and the inflammation or swelling puts pressure on the nerves, causing tooth pain. To clear out the infection, the nerve roots and live tissue must be removed to save the tooth.
Root Canals Offers Pain Relief for Infected Teeth!
During a root canal treatment, our dentist will remove a small portion of the top of the tooth to enter the infected roots. The infected tissue is carefully removed, and the inside of the roots are sterilized to kill any bacteria and infection. If tooth repairs are needed, these are performed, and the tooth is repacked with sterilized material. The tooth is resealed to prevent any new infection.
After a root canal, the original pain from the infection is gone. The nerves that signaled the pain to the brain are removed. Patients may have slight discomfort in the surrounding tissues around the tooth, but this is usually very mild.
Most teeth that undergo root canal therapy will need a dental crown to protect them from damage. Our dental team at Southern Oaks Family Dental Care can perform both the root canal and the dental crown at our clinic in Baton Rouge, LA. We accept most dental insurance plans at our office and also have dental financing available through CareCredit if needed. If you need infected teeth treatment, contact us today to schedule your appointment.