Root Canal Treatment Can Save Your Infected Tooth

When a tooth becomes infected, a root canal may be recommended to save the tooth and alleviate your pain. During the root canal procedure, Dr. Teddi Olszewski will remove the infected tissue from within the tooth, salvaging the healthy exterior. Next, she will place a custom dental crown to strengthen the remaining portion of your tooth and prevent future infection. Our gentle care makes this procedure virtually painless. Contact Northampton Family & Cosmetic Dentistry if you are experiencing a toothache or other symptoms of an infected tooth.

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Do You Need a Root Canal?

Typically, root canal therapy is the only way to save an infected tooth from extraction. There are many symptoms of dental infection, though a toothache is the most common. The pain may be constant, throbbing, or radiating. Many times, it will grow worse with temperature changes or pressure from biting and chewing. Other symptoms of dental infection can include gum abscesses, chronic bad breath, and sudden internal discoloration. In rare cases, dental infection will not produce any symptoms at all.

On occasion, Dr. Olszewski may perform root canal therapy to save a cracked tooth. If you have a large crack that does not reach all the way to your dental roots, endodontic treatment may be recommended.

Typically, root canal therapy is the only way to save an infected tooth from extraction.

The Root Canal Procedure

Before a root canal, Dr. Olszewski will numb your tooth and gums. She will create a tiny opening in the top or back of your tooth. Through this access point, she will clean out the inside of your tooth and root canals, completely removing the pulp (blood vessels, nerves, and other tissue). After disinfecting the emptied pulp chamber and root canals, she will fill the area with a soft rubber-like compound. Dr. Olszewski will reshape the remaining healthy exterior of the tooth and take impressions that will guide technicians in creating a custom crown. It will usually take at least two weeks to create the crown, and Dr. Olszewski will provide a temporary crown in the meantime. When your crown is finished, Dr. Olszewski will attach it to your tooth during a second appointment.

After root canal therapy, you may experience some minor sensitivity, but it will typically fade quickly. Meanwhile, the dental crown will blend beautifully with your smile, restoring the appearance and function of your damaged tooth.

The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

When it comes to dentistry, the most conservative solution is usually the best. If you are experiencing tooth infection, but the exterior of the tooth remains healthy, a root canal can allow you to keep your tooth and avoid the need for extraction. Salvaging your tooth and restoring it with a crown can help you to retain jaw bone tissue, avoid dental misalignment, and maintain a balanced bite. 

Contact Us for Minimal Discomfort Root Canal Therapy

If you are suffering from a toothache or another symptom of dental infection, contact us today. Dr. Olszewski's gentle, effective treatment can help you restore and maintain your oral health. 

Team at Northampton Family Dentistry

Northampton Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Teddi Olszewski and her team view every patient as part of their dental family, providing an unmatched level of personal attention during everything from regular exams to complex cosmetic procedures. We welcome patients from Hadley, Easthampton, and surrounding communities.

Dr. Olszewski is affiliated with the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Massachusetts Dental Society

To book an appointment, request a consultation online or call us at (413) 584-2902.

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