Toothaches create a significant amount of pain, and while a cavity hurts a little, an internally infected tooth can cause throbbing to excruciating pain. Garland dentist Dr. Nghi Tran doesn’t want you in pain. He offers root canal therapy for patients with a severely infected tooth. A root canal can sound intimidating, but at Hue Dental, Dr. Tran uses a gentle and advanced approach. Just remember, by the end of the procedure, the infection that caused your acute toothache will be gone.
Don’t wait any longer to treat your tooth pain. A tiny toothache can grow quickly, as bacteria spread and cause more destruction. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Tran today by calling our Garland, TX dental office. Call 469-969-0149.
Why Would You Need a Root Canal?
When the pain from your infected tooth results in even the slightest amount of discomfort, you should schedule an appointment with Garland dentist, Dr. Tran. If you’re suffering from an infected tooth, it’s because bacteria has found its way into a part of your tooth known as the pulp chamber. The pulp chamber runs into your root canals, therefore any infection in this area can easily spread to the canals and in turn can affect the nerves within the tooth. The infection can create severe pain, which can negatively impact your daily life.
Symptoms of an Infected Tooth
In an examination, Dr. Tran can determine whether your tooth is internally infected or simply has a cavity that’s not yet penetrated the sterile inner chamber. If you’re experiencing pain when chewing or biting into food, the sensitivity may be due to infection pressing directly on the tooth’s nerve. Some other common symptoms of an infected tooth include:
- Chronic bad breath
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods/drinks
- Chronic toothache
- Presence of abscesses on your gums
What to Expect
As previously stated, root canal therapy is often thought to be a painful procedure; however, with the proper method, microtools, and pain medication, Dr. Tran can limit your discomfort, while treating the source of your tooth pain. Root canal therapy with Dr. Tran will consist of two visits in most cases, with the majority of the treatment completed during the initial visit.
Dr. Tran will begin by conducting a physical examination of your mouth. During this appointment, he will determine the best treatment plan for your unique situation. This is a great time to discuss your symptoms and any concerns you have regarding treatment. After examining your infected tooth, he will take x-rays to see what’s occurring on the inside of your tooth. He will assess the amount of infection and determine how he will go about removing all of the infection.
After giving you an anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues, Dr. Tran will make a small entry point into the problematic tooth. Through the access point, he will thoroughly remove bacteria and damaged tissues. An antibacterial rinse will fully sterilize the tooth in preparation for a restoration.
To finish this procedure, Dr. Tran will double check to make sure that your root canals are clean. He will also reshape the inside of your tooth so that the filling material will reach all areas of the canals. A soft filling called gutta percha will fill the now empty canals and core of the tooth. To protect the tooth and seal the entry point, Dr. Tran will attach a custom-made crown.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
Although you may initially experience some tooth sensitivity upon the completion of root canal therapy, it will diminish within a few days. You will no longer experience pain with temperature fluctuations and pressure when eating and drinking. Other symptoms, including bad breath, should subside, as well. Root canal therapy with Dr. Tran could save you from serious health complications that can begin with an infected tooth, including abscesses and bloodborne infection.