Even a crack in your tooth that is too small to see can allow dangerous bacteria to reach your tooth pulp and create an infection. That infection can cause swelling and discomfort and may ultimately result in an extraction if the problem is not treated. If you are experiencing a toothache or tooth sensitivity, Dr. John Rodriquez can provide you with a root canal treatment in The Woodlands, Texas, which may be able to preserve your smile.
During a root canal, a hole will be drilled in the top of the tooth to access the infected inner pulp. After removing this diseased pulp tissue, the entire chamber will be disinfected, and the tooth will then be sealed with a filling and a crown will be placed on the tooth to prevent reinfection. Here are three different factors that could affect the success of a root canal treatment in the long-term.
The sooner you can detect tooth decay and treat it, of course, the better the outcome will be. A tooth in which the infection has already advanced beyond the pulp is at a greater risk for further problems. By maintaining your regular dental visits and taking the time to see the dentist at the first sign of an abnormality, this will help your chances of an early diagnosis.
Since the front teeth only have single tooth roots and canals, treating this kind of a tooth is much easier than a molar which contains an intricate root canal network. In the case of infection in the molars, it may be advisable to seek the help of an endodontist— a specialist in root canal treatment — to increase the possibility of success.
The Aging Process
Of course, over time teeth wear down and become more brittle. Brittle teeth are much more susceptible to a fracture, which can reintroduce the possibility of infection. In order to keep reinfection rates low, speak to one of our dental professionals about getting a crown placed on a tooth that has a root.
To find out more information about root canals and the risk of reinfection be sure to contact us. The dental professionals at our office will be sure to work with you and your family to get the best outcomes possible. Be sure to call Timeless Dental at 281-681-3300 to make a consultation appointment with our dentist.