If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, you may have a serious infection that requires an emergency dental procedure. Dental root infections rarely occur when you are taking proper care of your teeth, but when bacteria infect the roots of a tooth, it is important to visit a dentist right away. The inflammation in the dental roots can spread to the jawbone leading to a major problem.
What to Expect
Fortunately, a dentist can perform a root canal procedure that can save your infected tooth along with eliminating your discomfort. When you visit a dental office for pain in the gums, a dentist will examine your mouth before taking X-rays. He/she will evaluate the medical images to understand the type of inflammation that is inside your mouth before the procedure is started.
We place anesthetic for this type of dental procedure, and after you are numb, the dentist will remove the nerve and pulp from the infected teeth. The interior portion of the tooth is rinsed thoroughly to remove any bacteria.
The Tooth Is Covered with a Dental Crown
To have a strong tooth, the dentist will fill the enamel shell with a waterproof resin. As the resin dries, the dentist will prepare a customized dental crown that will fit over the tooth. In most cases, this type of crown is made from a color-matching composite material, so no one will know that you have a dental restoration.
After you return home, you must rinse your mouth thoroughly to eliminate bacteria. Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to prevent an additional infection. You should care for your crown by using floss once a day and brushing your teeth twice each day. To remove additional food debris, you can use an oral irrigator that blasts highly pressurized water into your mouth.
Visit Our Dental Facility
At Pulver Dental Care in Lowell, Ind., we have two dentists that can perform root canal procedures. For over 35 years, Dr. Donald Pulver has provided a variety of dental services to patients in his high-quality dental facility. Today, his son Dr. Anthony Pulver also works in the dentist’s office, offering compassionate dental services to children, teenagers and adults.