At Serenity Dental, our dentists, Dr. Jeffrey Chung and associates, and our team understand that the health of your tooth is not only dependent on the condition of the enamel, although that is important. Tooth decay or a trauma can create a crack or opening that can admit bacteria from your mouth that can attack the pulp of your tooth. The crack may be too small to be seen, but it is large enough to risk an infection in the pulp.
The pulp contains the nerves blood vessels and cells that keep your tooth vital and healthy. If the pulp becomes infected, you will probably experience a great deal of pain and swelling that can extend beyond your tooth to your jaw. If left unchecked, you may ultimately lose the tooth and experience other health issues. But in many cases, even if the diseased pulp is removed, the dentist can save the structure of your tooth and cover it with a crown, preserving your smile.
Endodontics is that branch of dentistry that deals with that very issue. Depending on the severity of your infection, the dentist may suggest one of the following treatments:
- Root canal
- Root canal retreatment
- Pulpal debridement
If you have a tooth that is feeling a little tender, call 832-301-8433 today to learn more about endodontics in Houston, Texas.