Root Canal Therapy
If you have been diagnosed with, or are afraid you may have, a tooth infection, don’t worry. A root canal is a dependable and common procedure that can save your tooth and end your pain.
- Persistent tooth sensitivity to heat or cold
- Reoccurring pimples in the gum area
- Swelling or tenderness in the gum area
- Pain when chewing
Causes of Tooth Infection
There are several culprits that can cause a severe tooth infection – such as decay, injury or gum disease. Once an infection travels into the inner pulp of a tooth, it compromises the nerve tissue and blood vessels that keep the tooth alive.
Consequences of Untreated Tooth Infections
A tooth that is left untreated can result in puss-filled pockets at the roots that are filled with bacteria. These abscesses can be severe and incredibly painful if left untreated. This situation is one of the more common causes of toothaches and complaints of mouth pain. Before root canal treatment, or endodontics, was developed, the tooth would have to be extracted completely. Luckily, today we can often save the tooth through an endodontic procedure.
Once the inner pulp has become infected, the only solution is to open the tooth and remove the tissues that fill the canals. Once the nerves and blood vessels are removed from these inner passageways, the inside of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and sealed off. A crown will then be placed over the affected tooth to seal and protect it from future damage. The crown will be custom-fabricated to look and feel like the surrounding teeth. You can then leave our dental practice confident in knowing that you have just received the best endodontic service in the area.
Call our dental office today to schedule your appointment; putting it off will only worsen the situation and cause you more undue pain and suffering. You can also learn more about other general dentistry services, like composite fillings and tooth extraction.