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How Root Canals Stop Infections

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When your tooth hurts during meals, or if you have a toothache that doesn’t subside, then you may need treatment. Otherwise, you risk losing your tooth! But our team can protect your smile with an endodontic treatment. In today’s blog, your Fort Bliss, TX, dentist talks about root canal therapy.

The Cause and Possible Risks of an Infected Teeth

At the center of each tooth is a collection of nerve tissues known as the pulp. When these tissues make contact with bacteria, this could cause a painful infection. This contact could be due to an untreated cavity, as tooth decay grows and spreads with time. An injury to the teeth or even chronic teeth grinding could be a factor as well. When the infection develops, treatment is crucial as the issue could essentially kill the tooth, allowing infection to reach other parts of the smile. Warning signs include toothaches and tooth sensitivity, headaches, jaw pain, facial aches, and discomfort when you bite down or chew. Don’t ignore these symptoms let us know right away, in case you need a root canal to prevent tooth loss!

Treatment with Root Canal Therapy

Our team will take detailed digital x-rays of your smile to assess the cause and severity of your infection, and to plan the procedure in detail. We then keep you comfortable during your root canal by administering a local numbing agent to the tooth being treated. If you have anxiety about the procedure, we could also discuss dental sedation.

Once you’re comfortable, our team will open the tooth and remove the infected tissues from within. Next, we thoroughly clean the interior of the tooth and add a special restorative material known as gutta percha. Our team then caps the tooth with a dental crown, one that looks natural and also provides a durable chewing surface. We want you to feel proud to smile afterward, and to avoid future discomfort in the tooth.

A Preventive Approach

You can also take action to avoid a dental infection or tooth decay! Be sure you start each day by brushing for two minutes, and that you use a fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen the enamel in the process. You should also floss every evening, cleaning between the teeth., Finally, brush a second time for two minutes too! The factors, combined with a diet low in sugar and starch, can help you avoid tooth decay. Be sure you see us for a checkup and cleaning visit every six months too!


Don’t let an infection threaten the stability of your smile. Speak with a member of the team at Fort Bliss Family Dentistry in Fort Bliss, TX at (915)895-3678 to schedule a visit.