Preserving Your Infected Tooth With Root Canal Therapy

When a cavity is untreated, or a severe crack or chip occurs, then your tooth could become infected. Unless treated, this issue could mean a lost tooth and poorer oral health. Fortunately, your Livonia, MI, dentist can help treat the problem and restore the health of your smile with a safe and comfortable root canal treatment.

The Causes of Infection

How does a tooth become infected in the first place? Well, the issue begins when harmful bacteria is able to reach the bundle of living tissues that keeps your tooth alive and healthy. Known as pulp, this sits at the center of your tooth, surrounded by dentin and protected by the outer layer of enamel. However, when poor oral hygiene weakens outer enamel or a tooth becomes cracked or chipped, then a cavity forms that could eventually reach the pulp, or the pulp itself could become exposed.

When to See Us

If you injure a tooth, let us know right away. Also, be sure to attend six-month checkups and cleanings, as these visits could provide an opportunity for our team to examine your smile and uncover infection in the earliest stages. Otherwise, watch for tooth sensitivity and toothaches that don’t pass after a few hours, or pain when you bite down or chew. In addition, let us know if you experience swelling near a tooth or a discharge from one. Headaches and fever could also accompany these symptoms. The sooner we see you, the sooner we can treat the issue. Otherwise, the tooth could essentially die and require extraction, while infection then moves on to surrounding teeth.

The Root Canal Process

First, our team administers a local anesthetic and could also discuss sedation to people with anxiety enjoy a comfortable experience with little to no memory of the procedure. Afterward, we open the tooth to access and remove the infected tissue for within. The next step involves cleaning the inside of the tooth and adding a special restorative material. After we cure the tooth, we place a custom crown on it. The crown protects the tooth and also offers a lifelike appearance. In as little as one to two visits, we can complete the procedure and help protect your smile from the serious complications of untreated dental infection. If you have any questions or concerns about our treatments, or if you experience any of the symptoms we’ve discussed above, then please contact our team right away!


We want to make sure you maintain a full and healthy smile with a custom restoration. For more information on our restorative treatment options, or to schedule a consultation, call the office of James Stewart, DDS in Livonia, MI, today at (734) 425-4400.