Treating Infected Teeth In One Visit

A dental infection or abscessed tooth could mean serious trouble for smiles in Des Moines, IA. Without treatment, the tooth may even need to be extracted to prevent the spread of infection. Fortunately, we have a comfortable restorative treatment designed to address infections, and in just one visit! When should you have a root canal performed, and what does the procedure involve?

The Causes of Infected Teeth

Our pulp, a group of living tissues sitting at the center of our teeth, oversee the flow of blood and nutrients to and from the tooth. They keep our teeth healthy and alive. However, should they become infected, then serious discomfort could arise and eventually, the pulp could die, which effectively kills the tooth. At this point, extraction may be necessary to prevent the loss of the tooth and the spread of infection. The initial problem occurs when harmful bacteria is allowed to come into contact with the pulp. This contact may be the result of a cracked or chipped tooth, or untreated tooth decay.

The Common Warning Signs

People with an infected tooth may initially report toothaches or tooth sensitivity. As the issue grows more severe, pain when biting down or chewing may occur. Eventually, fever, a discharge from the tooth, or swelling near the tooth may be experienced. If you begin to experience pain in or around your tooth, then let us know right away. If you have a cavity, we can halt the progression of decay with a dental filling. If you have an infected tooth, we can administer treatment to protect your smile’s health and appearance.

The Root Canal Procedure

We begin by administering anesthesia and sedation, ensuring your comfort throughout the procedure. Next, we open the tooth and remove the compromised tissue from within. After we clean the interior of the tooth, we apply a special restorative filling. Once we cure the filling, we cap the tooth with a strong and lifelike dental crown, which we may create using ceramic. Your tooth looks natural and is safeguarded against further problems. Remember, scheduling routine six-month checkups and cleanings means we can monitor your smile and often treat cavities before they become infections. If you have any questions about caring for your smile, or about treating an infected tooth with our restorative treatment options, then please contact our team today.


If you tooth develops an infected tooth, then we can offer treatment to preserve your smile and prevent tooth loss. To learn more about our restorative treatment options in Des Moines, IA, including root canal treatments and dental fillings, then please give us a call. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (515) 244-9565.