Root CanalCommon Signs of an Infected Root Canal

A root canal is a common procedure for removing bacteria from an infected root canal. The procedure is done to save the tooth and prevent reinfection. An infection at the root canal causes severe pain around the affected area. It’s important to seek medical attention immediately to prevent the infection from spreading. 

Because of the pain, most individuals know they have an oral problem but aren’t exactly sure what it is. To determine if you’re experiencing a root canal infection, look out for the following warning signs. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should receive infected root canal treatment in Long Island.

Pain or Discomfort 

You will experience pain that ranges from mild sensitivity to debilitating pain. It usually worsens when you apply pressure to the tooth, and eat or drink liquids that are either too hot or too cold. You may also be experiencing pain from the inflamed gums around the affected tooth.

Tooth Darkening and Abscess 

When an infection reaches the pulp tissue, its color changes to dark brown, which also causes the tooth to darken. When you receive infected root canal treatment in Long Island, your endodontist will apply a dental crown to improve the appearance of the tooth.

You may also experience dental abscess from a root canal infection. That pus that builds around the tooth is typically greenish, yellowish, or discolored.

Foul Breath 

If you have a dental abscess, this can cause bad breath and a bad taste in your mouth, because of the bacteria and dying pulp material. Since the bacteria are responsible for your chronic bad breath, it will not go away after diligent brushing, flossing, and rinses with mouth wash.  You may also experience red bumps on your gum, similar in appearance to a pimple, which can leak out a liquid with an acrid smell.

Hopefully, you will seek infected root canal treatment in Long Island prior to this stage. If you haven’t, now is the time to do so. Nobody wants to lose their teeth, but once the root canal is infected, it’s likely for the nerves inside the tooth to die. Your dentist may have to remove the dead tooth to treat the infection.

What Causes Infection? 

Infection of the tooth’s nerve and pulp can cause severe pain. Fortunately, with the advancement of today’s technology, a root canal is relatively painless. Nevertheless, you probably want to avoid infection altogether. 

What exactly causes an infected tooth nerve and pulp?

Deep tooth decay is the most common culprit. Tooth decay affects the enamel and dentin first, then spreads to deeper layers if undetected. If tooth decay is the cause, you can take several preventative measures. These include:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Use toothpaste that contains fluoride
  • Visit your dentist regularly (if you live in Long Island, choose the best endodontist in Long Island at Long Island Endodontics)
  • Rinse your mouth with fluoride mouth rinse
  • Talk to your dentist about fluoride treatments if you aren’t getting enough fluoride
  • Talk to your dentist about antibacterial treatments if you may be vulnerable to tooth decay

Of course, deep tooth decay is not the only cause of an infected tooth nerve and pulp. Other causes of infection are:

  • Frequent dental procedures on a tooth
  • Large fillings
  • Crack or chip in the tooth
  • Trauma to the face

GentleWave Procedure

We use GentleWave, a less invasive alternative to the standard root canal procedure. The advanced technology of the GentleWave Procedure uses multiple wavelengths of sound to gently deliver disinfecting fluids throughout the entire root canal system, even reaching into and cleaning the microscopic spaces where bacteria can hide—to provide less chance of failure over time.

Here’s how it differs from a standard root canal:

  • A minimally invasive protocol
  • Procedure fluids reach throughout the entire root canal system
  • Effectively removes bacteria, debris, and infected tissue
  • Preserves the structure and integrity of the natural tooth
  • Can typically be completed in just one appointment

Long Island Endodontics Can Help!

Are you in need of an infected root canal treatment in Long Island? Contact Long Island Endodontics. Our team strives to bring you the best care using the most up-to-date technology. In the past, root canals were known to be painful procedures. 

Now, thanks to medical advancements and our patient-friendly service, you will receive a pain-free procedure that is more efficient and effective than ever before. Contact us today at (516) 667-1471.

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