An Infection or Abscessed Tooth?

Tooth decay and trauma are two of the main reasons why an infection or an abscess can be the consequence for an affected tooth. In fact, the start of the infection or trauma may be asymptomatic; not noticeable when brushing nor to the naked eye.

Treatment may start simply as well. Often, antibiotics are the first call to response. Then, you may be sent home with a prescription for anti-pain medication. After a few days, you’ll likely return to your dentist’s office. But, then what? A root canal?

Yes, a root canal is often the next step to ensure that your oral cavity is free from infection and that your oral cavity is preserved for best of health.

During the procedure, your dentist will provide anesthesia to ensure that you do not experience discomfort while he or she access the pulp chamber canals of the affected tooth. Then, your dentist will cleanse the tooth canals down to the bottom depths of the roots to ensure that each canal is free of infection or debris. Your dentist may at some point refer you to an endodontist should you have complex anatomical features associated with your roots. In this case, the endodontist can complete the root canal. Following the root canal procedures, the tooth is sealed through a bonding process and a temporary dental filling may be placed to cover the affected area.

Once healing is complete, a dental filling or crown is placed, depending upon the size of the decayed area. A dental filling works well for smaller areas and a dental crown is suitable for larger treatment areas. A dental veneer may be used to further strengthen a weak tooth.

If you are interested in general dentistry or cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Mark Sweeney, an Austin Texas cosmetic dentist, for a consultation at 512-380-1300.