Dr. Catherine Boenitz and our Bee Family Dentistry team in San Antonio, Texas, are pleased to be able to help your smile stay healthy and beautiful by supporting your oral health. But if your smile is currently struggling thanks to tooth pain from an infected or inflamed tooth, you may benefit from root canal therapy.
What part of the tooth becomes infected? Inside the center of your tooth lies the tooth pulp which is comprised of nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. These branch out into each root through canals in the tooth. Thanks to decay, they can become inflamed or infected.
A variety of things can cause an inflamed or infected tooth, including a cracked or broken tooth, a deep cavity, injury to the tooth, repeated dental treatments such as fillings on a tooth, and gum disease. All of these allow bacteria to enter the pulp and damage the tooth.
We prefer to save a tooth rather than replace it which is why a root canal is so beneficial as it allows you to restore a damaged tooth. While patients often worry that root canals are painful procedures, they are not only similar to having a filling done, but they also work to provide pain relief from your tooth pain!
When you are having the root canal performed, first and foremost we make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Next, our dentist will set to work removing the damaged pulp, thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the space left behind and filling and sealing the area. After a root canal has been done, the tooth will need to be protected with a dental filling or dental crown.
As you can imagine, good oral hygiene habits help to prevent a root canal from being necessary in many cases. Diligent daily brushing and flossing to remove food particles, bacteria and plaque will go a long way in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. As will regular dental cleanings to remove hardened plaque and tartar deposits.
Can a tooth which has had a root canal still succumb to tooth decay and gum disease? Actually yes, which is why you want to keep up your oral hygiene even after root canal therapy. If you have any questions or concerns about a tooth in your smile, please call a member of our staff at 210-690-9430. Dr. Catherine Boenitz and our Bee Family Dentistry team in San Antonio, Texas, are here for you!