Due to decay and bacteria in the mouth, the pulp (nerve center) of a tooth can sometimes become infected. These types of infections vary in severity; however, when the pulp is infected, it can be treated through root canal therapy. Although you won't always be able to see that there is an infection; swelling, bleeding, pain or halitosis are often indicative of an infected tooth. If the infection is not treated with general dentistry, you could lose the tooth or, worse, the infection could spread.
With the cutting edge technology and examination processes used at Sycamore Hills Dentistry, we can quickly and easily detect infection in the pulp of a tooth. If caught early enough, we can fight the infection and save the original tooth. The number of appointments you will require will depend on how far the infection has progressed. It is for that reason that you should contact us if you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to an infected tooth.
Root Canals Are Not Painful - Infected Teeth Are Painful!
You will often hear stories about root canals being extremely painful. However, what those people are likely describing is the pain associated with an infected tooth due to the patient allowing the decay to spread unchecked until it attacks the nerve center in the root of the tooth. Avoiding contacting your dentist when you have a persistent toothache, on the other hand, could cause you more pain in the long run.
We do not want any of our patients to suffer unnecessarily, so please do not be afraid to contact Sycamore Hills Dentistry if you suspect that you have an infected tooth. The alternative is running the risk of losing one or more teeth, as well as having to attend more appointments than you would have needed to had you contacted us right away. Occasionally a person may experience some pain and discomfort during root canal therapy, however, it is pales in comparison to the pain you will feel if one or more of your teeth become seriously infected.