Have you experienced tooth sensitivity from consuming hot or cold food or beverages after you got a dental filling in one or several teeth? The sensitivity may be a tell-tale sign that the pulp inside the treated tooth has been infected with perhaps the decay from the initial treatment not being totally removed and cleaned before the tooth filling was placed. If the infection continues to spread to the nerve, the treated tooth may require another round of treatment but this time with endodontic or root canal therapy.

Saving your tooth from extraction with root canal therapy involves the removal of the infected and damaged nerve and pulp that lie within the root canals, followed with thorough cleaning of the tooth, disinfection and sealing with rubber-like material called gutta-percha before finally being restored with a crown or a dental filling. If the infected tooth doesn’t get the necessary root canal treatment, this can lead to the formation of abscess and cause a severe toothache.

Apart from the throbbing pain, an abscessed tooth will manifest in the form of a bitter taste in the mouth and a foul smell to the breath and can give you a fever as well as swollen areas of the jaw and neck glands. If the pain stops as a result of the death of the tooth roots, treatment should still be sought to stop the infection that is still active deep inside the tooth, otherwise, it may spread to the rest of the mouth and destroy gum tissue.

So if you suspect that your tooth is infected, visit Kennewick WA dentist Dr. Walter Hadley of the Marineland Dental Care clinic in Washington who check your tooth and determine the underlying cause of your symptoms. Early diagnosis and treatment can significantly help in preventing the progression of any dental problem and the pain, discomfort and complications that come with it.

Call 509-591-0515 for a consultation with Dr. Hadley during which he can discuss with you the details of the dental work.

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