Root Canals (Endodontics)


Do you have an abscessed tooth? A tooth infection is more than bothersome; it can be dangerous. When you have a tooth infection, it is important to see your endodontist as soon as possible.

What is an Abscess?

An abscess is a pocket of infected liquid that appears around your tooth, on the surface of your gums. You want to treat your abscessed tooth as quickly as possible because the infection can spread beyond your mouth.

What is an Endodontist?

An endodontist is a specialist that focuses on treating infected teeth. They practice endodontics. Endodontics relates to the inner workings of your teeth.

How Do You Treat a Tooth Infection?

The most common treatment for an infected tooth is a root canal. A root canal cleans out the infection from your tooth’s root, in order to save the tooth.

What are Signs I Need a Root Canal?

  • Toothache – A severe toothache may be a sign of infection. Your tooth may hurt most when there is pressure applied to it (such as when you bite down).
  • Swelling – The gums around the tooth may appear red and swollen.
  • Discoloration – Your tooth may look darker.
  • Abscess – An abscess is a clear indicator that you have an infection and it may have reached your tooth’s root.

Why Should I Get a Root Canal?

  • Save Money – A root canal is more cost-effective than extracting the tooth and then replacing it with a prosthetic, especially if you choose to do a dental implant.
  • Decrease Your Toothache – A root canal can alleviate your toothache. Once the infection has been removed, your tooth can heal and your sensitivity and discomfort may go away.
  • Save Your Tooth – We try, whenever possible, to save your tooth. A tooth loss can lead to bone loss and teeth crowding. A root canal replaces the pulp of the tooth and can save it from extraction.

Do You Need a Root Canal?

At The Steel Creek Dentist, we work hard to save your tooth. Our in-house endodontist is ready to help. Do not wait a moment longer. Call for your appointment today!