Painful toothaches caused by infection can be detrimental to your overall health and keep you from enjoying your daily life. If one of your teeth has been damaged in an accident or has become infected as the result of an untreated cavity, Dr. Fee offers root canal therapy in Wilmington to get patients out of pain and back to optimal health.
Root canal therapy is a treatment that can save and preserve a tooth that has become infected. If the outer layers of your teeth (enamel and dentin) are damaged or cracked, this exposes the “pulp” inside your tooth to oral bacteria, often leading to infection. A root canal is used to open up the damaged tooth, remove the infected material, and protect your tooth’s structure from further harm.
The most common symptom of an infected is a serious, prolonged toothache that lasts several days or longer. A few other symptoms you should look out for include:
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact Dr. Fee right away to make sure you get the help you need to save your tooth.
First, your mouth will be cleaned and numbed, and your tooth will be isolated with a dental dam. Then, the damaged or decayed enamel is removed, and a small opening is made on the top of the tooth. Next, Dr. Fee will use specialized tools to remove all of the decayed and infected pulp from your tooth.
After this, your tooth will be disinfected and the empty space will be filled with gutta-percha, a rubber-like material that replaces your pulp and helps support the structure of your tooth. To complete the process, your tooth will be restored with a temporary filling or crown. You’ll come in after a few weeks to have a permanent crown placed.
If you believe you may have an infected tooth, it’s important to get help from Delaware Dental Studio right away. The sooner you schedule your visit, the sooner you can get relief from your pain and discomfort and save your tooth. To get started, just give us a call at (302) 475-0600, or visit our office in person at 2500 Grubb Rd, Suite 130, Wilmington, DE 19810.