Coronary artery disease is the most common form of heart disease. Caused by a buildup of plaque in the coronary arteries, this disease is the largest contributing factor in more than 610,000 deaths in the United States every year. Now, a team of researchers from Finland have found that latent tooth infection increases risks for coronary artery disease by as much as 2.7-times.
Tooth infection is often asymptomatic at first. This means that without biannual examinations, you might not even know infection is present. During your routine visits, Austin dentist Dr. John Schmid checks for signs of infection, allowing him to take action before serious oral and systemic health problems are present. Swift treatment helps eliminate infection, making it important for the continued health of your mouth and your body.
Dr. Schmid treats tooth infection with root canal therapy. With this process, infection and debris are removed from the center of the tooth and the tooth itself is protected by a dental crown. The crowns offered at our Austin cosmetic dentistry office are shaped, shaded, and sized to fit perfectly into your smile, helping ensure optimal aesthetics as well as improved comfort and function.
Root canal treatment is no more invasive than a common filling, but some people are still uncomfortable with the idea. Because it is the only way to remove infection, the procedure itself is not optional, but being uncomfortable does not have to be part of the process. When appropriate, Dr. Schmid will happily discuss your sedation dentistry options to make sure you feel comfortable during all stages of your root canal.