Symptoms of an Infected Tooth
Root canal therapy is used to treat an infected tooth. How do you know when your tooth is infected? Here are some symptoms to look for:
- Spontaneous, lasting pain
- High sensitivity to temperature and pressure
- Persistent bad breath
- Foul taste in the mouth
- Tooth that becomes discolored
- Pimple-like sore on the gums
- Oozing sore on the gums
Most people think that an infected tooth has to hurt. Usually it does hurt, but not always. You can have an infected tooth that doesn’t hurt. So it’s important to be aware of the other symptoms, because an infected tooth can still cause serious complications if left untreated, even if it doesn’t hurt.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, it’s important to schedule a consultation with a dentist as soon as possible.
Root Canals at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake
Root canals have a reputation for being painful. With advancements in dental technology however, Westchester County root canal dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake are able to perform this procedure with minimal to no discomfort.
After taking an x-ray to determine the shape of your root canal, one of our experienced dentists will apply a local anesthetic to ensure maximum comfort around the area requiring treatment. Once you are comfortable, a small access hole is placed in your tooth to allow one of our dentists to gently file debris and infection out of your pulp chamber. Periodically throughout this process, we will flush debris away with water or sodium hydrochloride.
If infection is present in the root canal, our dentist may place medication in the hole and seal it with a temporary filling. This filling will be removed and the root canal will be filled and sealed after one week. If no infection is present, we will fill and seal your root canal on the same day as your procedure.
Our New York dentists perform endodontic procedures on all teeth, including molars. If your root canal is a repeat procedure, we may refer you to an endodontic specialist in our area to help ensure your infection does not reoccur.
An Undeserved Reputation
Root canals have a special place in our culture: they’re probably the most feared dental procedure. This reputation comes from the days before dental anesthesia was commonly available and used reliably. These days, you will likely experience no discomfort during a root canal, and after your root canal your discomfort will likely be less than it was before the procedure when your tooth was infected.
But if the reputation of a root canal is causing you some anxiety, or if you’re generally anxious about dental procedures, we offer sedation dentistry to help you feel relaxed during your procedure.
If you are suffering from the discomfort of an abscessed or infected tooth in Westchester County, please call (914) 526-2144 or email Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake to schedule a root canal consultation today.