Root canal treatment is needed if you’re dentist identifies a bacterial infection deep below the gum line and surrounding the tooth’s pulp. Infection and inflammation can be very painful and can result in tooth loss if not treated.
Tooth infection that is left untreated can quickly spread to other areas of the mouth and body. Severe infections can result in fever, trouble swallowing and even problems breathing. It’s vital to consult your dentist if you suspect you have a tooth infection so they can treat the issue before it becomes a bigger problem.
A good oral hygiene routine is sufficient to remove any harmful plaque and tartar build-up, reducing the chance of cavities forming and infection. If your tooth has recently suffered trauma, chipped, or has broken, make sure to see your dentists as soon as possible. They will make sure the tooth is sufficiently cleaned and capped to reduce the chance of infection.