Using root canal therapy to address infected teeth

If you’re experiencing unexpected pain in your tooth or gums, it could be a sign of an infection. Root canal therapy, also referred to by dentists as endodontic therapy, is one way to treat an infected tooth and relieve your discomfort effectively. Dr. Chris Elliott of Weatherford Advanced Dentistry is a dental provider who offers root canal treatment for patients when needed.

What happens during root canal therapy?

During root canal therapy, Dr. Elliott removes the infected tissue inside the tooth. He then cleans and seals the tooth to prevent further infection. Root canal therapy is usually successful in treating an infected tooth and saving the tooth from permanent extraction. If the root canal procedure does not save the tooth, it will need to be removed and replaced with a denture, implant, or bridge as soon as possible.

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Why is root canal therapy the best treatment for an infected tooth?

Root canal therapy is often the best treatment for an infected tooth because it allows you to keep your natural tooth. It also prevents the infection from spreading to the other teeth or causing further damage to your jawbone. Additionally, root canal therapy is typically less expensive than having a tooth extracted and replaced.

What are the benefits of root canal therapy?

There are several advantages of root canal therapy, including:

  • Relief from pain: Root canal therapy will relieve the pain caused by an infection in your tooth.
  • Prevention of further damage: By treating the infection, root canal therapy will prevent it from causing further damage to your tooth or spreading to other teeth.
  • Preservation of your natural tooth: Root canal therapy allows you to keep your natural tooth, which is essential for both aesthetic and functional reasons.
  • Lower cost: Root canal therapy is typically less expensive than having a tooth extracted and replaced.

Learn more about infected root canal treatment

If you think you might have an infection in your tooth, contact Dr. Chris Elliott of Weatherford, TX, immediately for an evaluation. Root canal therapy is effective at relieving the pain and can help save your tooth while keeping your smile healthy and alleviating the problems associated with an infected root canal. Call (817) 753-1470 to request a visit at 181 East BB Fielder Road, Ste. #200 today!

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Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.