Often, a chronic toothache or sharp pain when biting down may be symptoms of a serious dental issue. Infected or abscessed teeth threaten the stability and health of your smile. Without proper treatment, infected teeth may even require removal. Thankfully, at The Silverstrom Group, we offer treatment for dental infections: root canal therapy. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, explain how this safe and comfortable endodontic procedure can safeguard your smile. The Symptoms and Causes of Dental Infection How do you know if a tooth is infected? There are multiple signs to watch for, including: · Toothaches and tooth sensitivity · Swelling around the tooth and a foul tasting discharge · Bad breath and pain when chewing or speaking. A tooth becomes infected when the sensitive inner tooth structure is exposed to bacteria. The bacteria cause decay, which spreads further into the tooth, eventually reaching the inner pulp. Your pulp oversees the flow of blood and nutrients to and from the tooth, keeping it healthy. Once infected, the pulp may die, effectively killing your tooth and requiring extraction to prevent the spread of infection. Restoring Your Smile with Endodontic Treatment To prevent your tooth from being extracted, your Livingston NJ general dentists may recommend a root canal. During this procedure the tooth will opened up and the infected tissue removed. Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom will then disinfect and fill the tooth with restorative materials and cap it with a custom-made crown. The crown restores your tooth and prevents further infection while protecting the remaining tooth structure. Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists When a tooth becomes infected or abscessed, root canal therapy can return your smile to full function and beauty. For more information on our endodontic treatment options, talk to your Livingston NJ general dentists today about our professional teeth whitening services. Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom will choose the best cosmetic treatment for your dental discoloration. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.