Is My Tooth Infected?

We’re limiting treatments to emergency care, helping people in Livonia, MI, and surrounding communities with serious issues, like cracked or chipped teeth. However, our emergency care also includes treating infected teeth. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about how to recognize the warning signs, and discuss when to see us for treatment.

The Warning Signs of a Dental Infection

A dental infection occurs when harmful bacteria makes contact with the inner pulp, a collection of living tissues that keeps the tooth healthy and functional. Once an infection starts, people may begin to experience tooth sensitivity, toothaches, or even pain when biting down or chewing. Over time, swelling could occur near the tooth and a discharge from the tooth is possible too. The infection could develop as a result of an untreated cavity, or even a cracked or chipped tooth. If you encounter persistent pain in your smile, then please let us know right away.

The Root Canal Process

If you have an infected tooth, we will start by administering a local anesthetic to ensure you feel comfortable. We next open the tooth to remove the infected issues from within. After we fill the tooth with a restorative material, we cap it with a custom-made dental crown. The crown not only blends with the smile, but protects the tooth from further issues with decay or infection. From there, you can start brushing and flossing properly each day, and cut back on sugary foods and drinks, to limit cases of cavities and other complications. Take proper care of your smile until we can see you again for a checkup and cleaning!

Our Health and Safety Guidelines

When you call to schedule a visit, we will set up a time to ensure you’re the only one in our waiting room. In between each patient visit, our team thoroughly cleans and disinfects surfaces around the office and waiting room to ensure health and safety. Our team also frequently washes hands and follows strict health and safety guidelines to protect everyone in our office. If you have any questions about how to safeguard your smile, or about the factors behind issues like infection or tooth decay, then please contact our team today to learn more.

Does Your Tooth Ache?

Don’t let your tooth continue to hurt, see us for treatment! We don’t want a minor issue to lead to severe discomfort or even the loss of a tooth. Our team can also discuss how to protect your smile, and what steps one can take to prevent the need for emergency treatment. For more information on emergency dental care, or to schedule a consultation, call the office of James Stewart, DDS in Livonia, MI, today at (734) 425-4400.