A dental infection can be exceptionally painful, eventually leading to tooth loss and other oral health issues. Root canal therapy is a treatment that can save your tooth and prevent further infection. For over 25 years, Dr. John W. Dovgan in Phoenix, AZ, has been providing endodontic therapy to help his patients avoid the need for tooth extraction. Our entire team embraces a philosophy of excellent care, and we do everything we can to provide our patients with the most pleasant experience possible.
When is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?
When the pulp (the inner tissue of a tooth) becomes infected due to advanced decay or trauma, it requires prompt treatment. If left untreated, the bacteria can spread to adjacent teeth and surrounding bone, causing further issues.
If you are experiencing a toothache or other symptoms of a dental infection, contact us right away, and we will schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Common indications of a dental infection include:
- Pain or tenderness
- Discomfort when chewing
- Temperature sensitivity
- Drainage or pus
- Tooth discoloration
- Bad breath
- Swelling in the lymph nodes
It must be noted that dental infections do not always present symptoms. Routine dental examinations can allow us to monitor your oral health and provide prompt treatment.