Root Canals Can Help Save an Infected Tooth
Forget what you've been told! Root canals are not painful, if anything, they ease and eliminate toothaches. At Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Dr. Robert Brooks and Dr. Brent Johnson provide patients with much-needed root canal therapy to avoid tooth loss and get rid of pain at their McDonough, GA, office.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment that deals with infected teeth. When bacteria attacks a tooth's pulp, a nerve-rich segment of the tooth, people feel pain. Your McDonough, GA, dentist must apply a local anesthetic, remove the pulp, apply an antibiotic and seal the cavity to avoid reinfection. they will then place a crown on top of the tooth to protect it and add reinforcement.
Poor oral hygiene isn't the only reason people's teeth get infected. It can due to several reasons including:
- You cracked your tooth while eating
- Trauma during an accident
- Extensive dental work
Whatever the reason may be, don't ignore persistent toothaches. Visit your dentist because an infection may lead to tooth loss or gum disease. That's right! Infection can be so severe, you may lose your tooth and the rest of your oral tissue can be affected too.
Good Oral Hygiene
While we've already established that poor oral hygiene isn't the only reason for a root canal, you should brush your teeth twice daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush, floss at least once a day, and use mouthwash to clear out bacteria and food particles that may stick to your teeth.
Also, avoid sugary foods and beverages because they're food for acid-producing bacteria. Opt for healthy choices like fruits and vegetables, and drink plenty of water.
Would You Like to Learn More About Root Canal Treatments?
At Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Dr. Brooks and Dr. Johnson provide patients with much-needed help. If you think you need a root canal or have questions, don't hesitate to call their McDonough, GA, office, at (678) 583-0330.