Many of our patients walk in with a previous cavity that has been filled by a dentist. While getting a cavity isn’t fun, it’s tremendously important that these patients have gotten these cavities filled. When patients wait to fill a cavity, the decay and erosion of the enamel can get worse, and the decay can spread into the dental pulp, which houses the nerve and blood supply for the tooth. When this happens, an infection can form and the problem can be incredibly painful for patients.

Abscessed teeth are restored with root canal treatment. In the video below, the American Dental Association provides an overview of what patients can expect for the treatment of abscessed teeth.

Transcript:

“If you have an abscessed tooth, that means the pulp of your tooth is infected, and you’ll need root canal therapy. The pulp is in the center of your tooth. It houses the nerves and blood vessels and provides nourishment for the tooth. Even with proper brushing and flossing, tooth decay can happen. If left untreated, the decay can reach the pulp. Also, a cracked tooth can lead to an infected pulp. A cracked tooth or a large cavity allows germs to reach the pulp, which may lead to tooth loss. With root canal therapy, your dentist removes the infected pulp and cleans out the center of the tooth. Then, the tooth is often resealed with a crown to make it stronger. Usually, the treatment only takes 1-3 office visits, and there’s little to no pain. With proper care, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.”

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