An abscessed tooth is one of the most painful tooth infections you can get. It often starts small, as a minor bacterial infection, but can quickly escalate into a significant issue that can result in losing your infected tooth. Caught early enough, your San Francisco, California dentist, can treat an abscessed tooth to relieve pain and prevent tooth loss. Root canals are the go-to treatment for abscessed teeth. If you’re experiencing the pain and discomfort of an oral infection that an abscessed tooth could cause, contact Dr. Terri Nguyen at West Portal Family Dentistry for prompt and effective treatment.
A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that develops around your tooth due to a bacterial infection. Untreated decay, tooth trauma, and accidental injury are common causes of bacterial infections that can lead to the development of an abscessed tooth. Untreated tooth infections can cause irreparable damage to your teeth, destroying the pulp and weakening the bone structure that holds your tooth in place.
Symptoms of an abscessed tooth include:
An abscessed tooth needs immediate treatment to prevent the infection from spreading and damaging healthy teeth. Through root canal treatment, Dr. Nguyen can provide abscess tooth relief and possibly save your tooth from extraction.
Root canals are designed to repair teeth damaged by decay, infections, or injury, so they don’t have to be extracted. Saving natural teeth will spare you the time and expense of replacing them with prosthetics later down the line. Dr. Nguyen will thoroughly evaluate your teeth and gums to make an accurate diagnosis of your condition to determine if root canal treatment is a viable option for you.
The first step toward treating an abscessed tooth is draining the pus and washing out the area. From there, a root canal can be performed to save the tooth. This entails drilling the tooth to remove all the infected tissue and cleansing and disinfecting the root canals and tooth root. Once the infection has been cleared, Dr. Nguyen will fill the empty tooth chamber and seal it to prevent further infection. A dental crown can then be placed on the tooth to strengthen it and restore its usefulness. With proper care, a tooth restored with root canal treatment can last many years.
Root canals are performed under anesthesia, so you feel no pain during treatment. Working with an experienced root canal dentist like Dr. Terri Nguyen increases your chances of having a positive, successful root canal treatment. To schedule a consultation for a root canal procedure, contact West Portal Family Dentistry, San Francisco, California, today at (415) 604-9292.
A graduate from UC San Francisco with a Doctor of Dental Science degree, Dr. Terri Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice. She is known for her caring and passionate nature towards her patients whilst having a wealth of knowledge and technical skill.
Dr. Nguyen continues to update herself with newer and tested treatment methods and technology to ensure that she is capable of delivering the best possible service to her clients. Her areas of specialty include root canal therapy, implant dentistry and cosmetic treatment. She is also a prestigious member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Laura Huynh dedicates herself to providing the highest level of dental care to patients of all ages. While she has over 15 years of experience in all areas of general practice, she especially enjoys pediatric dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for adults.
A UC Irvine graduate, Dr. Huynh obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Arthur Dugoni Dental School at University of Pacific. She stays on top of the latest trends and technologies in dentistry by following continuing education courses annually. She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Francisco Dental Society.