How Do Root Canals Fixed Infected Teeth?

A dental infection increases the risk of tooth loss and serious discomfort. Fortunately, we have comfortable and natural looking restorative solutions to dental infections. Let’s look at how root canal therapy helps restore smiles in Gary, IN.

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Therapy

Question: What causes a tooth to become infected?

Answer: Our teeth are made of several layers, an outer tooth enamel to protect the tooth, sensitive layers of dentin that compromise most of the tooth structure, and the inner pulp. The pulp keeps the tooth alive and healthy. When bacteria reach the inner pulp, either via untreated decay or damaged tooth, an infection forms. Treatment is then crucial to safeguard the stability of your tooth and avoid serious discomfort.

Question: When should I see a dentist?

Answer: If you have routine checkups every six months, then we often identify these issues in the earliest stages. Otherwise, you should see us when you experience discomfort that doesn’t subside, such as pain when eating or biting down, swelling around the tooth, fever, and discharges from the tooth. Without treatment, the problem will grow worse and eventually increase the risk of tooth loss.

Question: How does the root canal repair the tooth?

Answer: The procedure allows us to remove the infected tissue and then clean the interior of the tooth. We apply a restorative material and once it cures, we create and place a custom-made dental crown, which protects the tooth.

Question: Will my tooth look natural afterward?

Answer: Yes! We use the natural looking crown to complete the procedure and also ensure the tooth looks lifelike. If you have any questions about repairing infected teeth or about the root canal procedure, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Root Canal Therapy?

Our team offers a natural looking treatment to help address your infected or abscessed tooth. To schedule an appointment with your dentist, contact Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, by calling 219-938-2637, or by emailing our office at We also proudly serve the residents of Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding communities.