root canal

When a tooth develops an infection or an abscess, along with the discomfort comes a number of dental health risks. To protect your tooth and help you maintain a healthy and whole smile, you may benefit from endodontic treatment. Also known as a root canal, this simple and comfortable procedure is essential for protecting surrounding teeth and even the jawbone from infection.  Can a root canal save your smile? Find out more from your Ft. Worth Cosmetic and Family Dentistry team.

Root Canal Therapy Quiz

  1. True or False: An infected tooth may need endodontic treatment.
  1. True or False: Without treatment, an infection or abscess can cause tooth loss.
  1. True or False: The procedure involves removing infected tissue.
  1. True or False: Your tooth will look natural following the procedure.

Answer Key

  1. True. How does a tooth develop an infection or an abscess? When bacteria can reach the inner pulp, often as a result of damage or advanced tooth decay, the result is often infection. Your pulp acts as the nerve center of the tooth, and bacteria can cause serious complications if the patient receives no treatment.
  1. True. Eventually, infected pulp can cause the tooth to die. In order to stop the spread of infection to other teeth or to the jawbone, the tooth will need to be removed. To avoid extraction, you need to recognize the warning signs and seek treatment right away. Patients in need of endodontic treatment often report persistent toothaches and tooth sensitivity that doesn’t abate after 48 hours.
  1. True. After administering a local anesthetic, the dentist will then open the tooth to reach and remove infected tissue. The tooth will then be thoroughly cleaned before the dentist adds a filling material. The tooth will finally be topped with a dental restoration, such as a ceramic dental crown.
  1. True. The crown used to complete the tooth following the procedure will be designed to look natural and blend seamlessly with your smile, you will once again be able to smile, eat, and talk without discomfort.

Would you like to find out more about our endodontic treatment? Then talk to Dr. Nikki Green or Dr. Ryan Knight about our root canal treatment. If you have any questions about maintaining oral health, call our Fort Worth dental office today at (817) 484-5774 to schedule your consultation.