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If you have begun to suffer tooth problems as a result of unaddressed tooth decay that has affected the inner tooth, you may experience persistent pain and even significant tooth infection below the gums. If treatment isn’t achieved promptly, the result could be tooth abscess that risks the health of your smile.

In many instances, a tooth that has an infection needs root canal treatment in order to be restored, and we offer a breakdown of the process.

The first step in performing root canal treatment is for our dentist to examine the infected tooth and provide some dental X-rays to determine the severity of the condition and any presence of tooth abscess around the gums. Then, we may need to remove the decayed areas in the tooth enamel and clean out the infected tooth chamber. The tooth is filled with a rubbery material known as gutta-percha to help restore the tooth so that it can serve as a healthy anchor a dental crown.

At the end of this appointment, we can create a dental impression of your smile and provide a temporary dental crown to protect the new abutment. The impression will be used by a dental lab to custom create your permanent dental crown. When you visit again for a brief second appointment, we can place the new crown after removing the temporary, cementing the restoration in place and completing your tooth.

If you have a tooth that you suspect has become infected and you would like to discuss receiving root canal treatment in Chelsea, Michigan, we encourage you to call Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Chelsea at 734-475-8911 today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists, Dr. Steven Rodriguez, Dr. Swapna Kakarla, or Dr. Sandra Hanson.