Tooth pain is often the first indicator of a dental infection. Infection is often in the interior of the tooth, also known as the root canal. The root canal contains sensitive pulp and nerves that can be impacted when infection enters through a damaged tooth. Dr. Ned Greenberg provides root canal procedures in Middle River, MD. This procedure removes the infected pulp inside the tooth. A root canal procedure can help prevent tooth loss by removing infection and then cleaning and sealing off the affected tooth. Learn more about common symptoms of dental infections as well as the specifics of this general dental treatment below:
Symptoms of Tooth Infection
Contact our office if you have noticed these common signs of infection:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Face swelling
- Pain in the neck, jaw, or ear
Poor oral hygiene, a diet high in sugar, or dry mouth are risk factors that increase the chance of patients developing tooth infections. Please schedule regular appointments at our dental office in order to treat your risk factors and prevent existing symptoms from progressing.
The Root Canal Procedure
Some patients may think that a root canal is a painful procedure, but we utilize a local anesthetic and can provide dental sedation for pain-free treatment. Dr. Greenberg will also explain the procedure to you so that you can better understand the treatment process and feel comfortable in his care. To begin, Dr. Greenberg creates a small hole in the back of the infected tooth and removes the damaged tissue. After cleaning the inside of the tooth, he fills the pulp chamber with a biocompatible material. This material reseals the tooth and helps to prevent further dental infections. For patients with extensive damage, Dr. Greenberg will recommend a dental crown to strengthen the affected tooth. Dental crowns provide durability and help reinforce a stable bite.
Schedule a Consultation
Do you suffer from frequent tooth pain? You may require a root canal procedure. Call 410.686.4646 or request an appointment online. Do you have any remaining questions about your specific dental concerns? Let Dr. Greenberg or a member of our dental team know at your next appointment.