Infected teeth can cause pain and discomfort, as well as lead to other oral health problems. Infected teeth that are not treated can become damaged to such an extent that extraction might be required. However, it is possible to save an infected tooth from extraction with root canal treatment. There are several signs you may need a root canal. During a dental exam, a dentist can determine if your tooth would benefit from root canal treatment. Dr. Todd Yoshino is your dentist in Federal Way, WA, for root canal treatment.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is a restorative dental procedure for restoring and strengthening infected teeth. When the soft pulp material in the center of a tooth becomes infected, the infection can spread down through the root and even cause an abscess to form below the tooth. When a tooth is infected to this degree, root canal treatment is needed to restore the tooth and save it from extraction. The following symptoms are signs you may need a root canal:
- A severe and/or persistent toothache
- Constant pain or pressure in the mouth
- Sharp pain when biting and chewing food
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods or beverages
The procedure for root canal treatment is similar to filling a cavity. Infected pulp inside the tooth and root is removed and the interior of the tooth and root are thoroughly cleaned. The empty cavity where the infection was removed is then filled and sealed with dental filling. As a final step, the dentist might place a dental crown over the tooth to further strengthen and protect it. Once the procedure is complete, the tooth will be strong enough to perform normal biting and chewing functions again.
Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
There are several benefits to undergoing root canal treatment for an infected tooth. A primary benefit is the ability to save an infected tooth from extraction by restoring it. If you have an infected tooth, your Federal Way dentist can determine if the tooth can be saved with root canal treatment. Additional benefits of root canal treatment include:
- Preventing extraction
- Saving and restoring infected teeth
- Strengthening damaged teeth
- Alleviating tooth pain and sensitivity
- Stopping the spread of infection
There are many signs you may need a root canal, such as a severe toothache or pressure in the mouth. To find out if root canal treatment can strengthen and restore your tooth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Yoshino, your Federal Way, WA, dentist, by calling the dental office at (253) 815-0441.