A toothache can be one of the most painful situations you ever have to experience. If you have a cracked or infected root, then you’ll need a tooth abscess treatment in Scottsdale as soon as possible.
Seeing a dentist that offers endodontic therapy will provide you with gentle treatment and the opportunity to save your smile from unnecessary tooth loss.
Symptoms of a Tooth Abscess
Treatment in Scottsdale for tooth abscesses starts with an exam and X-ray of your affected tooth. Once we have an image of the area surrounding the tip of the root, we can have a good idea as to whether or not it’s actually abscessed. Other symptoms to be on the lookout for include:
- Sensitivity to hot foods or liquids
- Pain when biting or chewing
- Sharp, severe pain that’s isolated to a specific area
- A pimple along the gums
- Facial swelling
Sometimes leading up to tooth abscess treatment in Scottsdale it is normal to see symptoms come and go. You should know that as with any type of infection or inflammation, swelling can ease, especially if you’re taking anti-inflammatories, an antibiotic, or other medication. But just because pain or swelling goes away doesn’t mean the abscess has. In children, an abscess tooth can be life threatening.
Treating Abscessed Teeth
While extracting a painful tooth is always an option, it’s not necessarily the best one. When possible, it’s almost always preferred to save your natural tooth instead of removing it and replacing it with something else (like an implant or bridge.) However, if your tooth is severely decayed or has reached the point that it is non-restorable, it will be in your best interest to schedule a dental extraction at your earliest convenience.
The only effective type of tooth abscess treatment in Scottsdale is a root canal. Thanks to modern endodontic therapy resources, we can complete your root canal in an efficient and comfortable manner.
Root canals work by removing the infected nerve inside of your tooth, disinfecting the hollow canal that’s left behind, filling and sealing off the nerve chamber, then covering your tooth with a crown. When endodontic treatment is complete, your tooth is able to continue functioning as normally for several more years.
Getting a root canal is similar to having any other type of dental work done. Our dentist in Scottsdale will numb the tooth thoroughly so that you don’t have to experience discomfort. Sedation is also available if you prefer. When the tooth is anesthetized, we can complete your treatment while you sit back and relax (the same as if you were getting a few fillings or a crown).
Unfortunately, many people have a severe phobia of root canals because they’ve heard it is a painful process. Not so. While an abscessed tooth is severely painful, treating it will help to relieve your discomfort. Numbing areas with aggressive infection can be challenging, so we may recommend an antibiotic regimen leading up to your appointment. Antibiotics do not heal the infection (an opening in the tooth allows bacteria to re-enter at a later time) but it can eliminate most of the infection if you’re having the tooth treated in the next several days. Since the nerves are removed from the tooth, there shouldn’t be any pain coming from it after your procedure.
Risks and Side Effects of Dental Abscesses
Left untreated, an abscess tooth can be life threatening. The swelling and infection can spread into the face — or in rare circumstances — even the brain. It’s best to address the tooth as soon as an abscess is diagnosed. Otherwise the tooth will continue to erode away from the inside, allowing infection to spread to adjacent teeth.
Think You Have a Dental Abscess?
Our North Scottsdale dentist is currently offering a $39 Dental Exam special, so you can receive a comprehensive assessment of your oral health needs and get the fast answers you’re depending on. If you require same day or emergency care, we can provide that too. Our primary goal is to get you out of pain as soon as possible, then help you plan the best way to preserve your smile.
Contact us today!
Are you experiencing symptoms of a tooth abscess? Don’t go through another day in pain. Call Dr. Lernor, a highly-rated, gentle North Scottsdale dentist with years of experience treating abscesses. Call (602) 483-4112 today to schedule your appointment!