If you have an emerging root canal infection, antibiotics may delay infection spread. Antibiotics can also reduce some of the pain and swelling. However, antibiotics are not a substitute for root canal treatment in Northport, NY.
Without root canal treatment, the infection will always resurface and spread. And if the condition damages the tooth’s nerves, you may not feel significant pain even as the problem worsens. Failure to properly treat the infection can mean tooth loss.
Root infection occurs in the canal of your tooth. Your dentist removes it by numbing the treatment site and removing the infected material. We also rinse the canal and fill it temporarily to foster healing. Later, we cap the tooth with a dental crown. This is the only way to treat this type of infection successfully.
Regular dental care and excellent oral hygiene significantly lower your cavities, gum disease, and oral infection risks.
Remember, antibiotics and pain relievers are no substitute for root canal treatment. On the contrary, medications only prolong the problem.
If you have a toothache or gum swelling, we encourage you to contact a member of our dental team to arrange a visit with our emergency dentist. Also, reach out if you have any questions.