Sometimes teeth become infected or abscessed from deep dental decay, fracture of a crown or restoration, or some other unknown cause. In most cases, after careful examination of the tooth and surrounding structures, we can recommend saving the tooth with root canal therapy.
Most often this is a multi-step treatment beginning with scheduling the treatment in our office or referral to a specialist (endodontist). At this treatment appointment, the infected root canal will be removed, sterilized and re-sealed to allow the body to heal the bone surrounding the infected root. After completion, a temporary restoration is placed in the access opening of the root canal. The tooth is then scheduled to be built up and prepared for a crown.
A final appointment will be made at this time to place the permanent crown. Most teeth require a crown after root canal treatment to protect the tooth from a fracture in the future.
It’s very important to complete endodontic therapy as soon as possible as the symptoms of the abscess will likely get worse. Infections that are left untreated will inevitably result in teeth being sensitive to hot and cold, biting pain, swelling of gums, cheek or jaw and possible difficulty opening, closing or swallowing.
If you experience any of these symptoms, we recommend you contact us immediately.