Cavities and fractures usually occur on the outside surfaces of your teeth. However, a deep cavity or crack can extend inward and go as deep as your root. When this happens and your inner tooth becomes infected, you have a few choices:

  • Extract the tooth: An invasive option that comes with additional concerns
  • Delay treatment: In which case, the condition could worsen and the infection will spread
  • Save the tooth with root canal therapy: A conservative and practical restorative dental treatment

Tooth Extraction

Removing your infected tooth will eliminate immediate pain, but you’ll need to replace the tooth to preserve your bite (occlusion) and reduce your risk of losing more teeth or developing TMJ disorder.

Postponing Treatment

Delaying treatment will only allow the infection to spread throughout your tooth and into your jawbone, and the pain may become excruciating. Furthermore, a tooth infection can enter the bloodstream and cause serious overall health concerns.

Conservative Treatment

Root canal therapy is the best choice for removing infection, saving your tooth, and keeping your smile healthy. Dr. Allen performs root canals in our Pella, IA, office; however, depending on the severity of your case, he may refer you to a reputable local endodontist.

Find Out if You Need Root Canal Therapy

If your tooth is internally infected and causing severe discomfort, then ask your dentist if root canal therapy can save it. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Allen or Dr. Neumann, call our dental office in Pella, IA, today at (641) 628-1121.