Do you experience extreme tooth sensitivity, excessive tooth decay, pimples on your gums, or sharp pain when chewing? This can be the symptoms of root canal infection; the only way to treat it is by getting a root canal treatment. If you have a severely damaged tooth, getting root canal therapy done would be your last treatment option to save it. If not for root canal therapy, the next available option would be tooth extraction to save the adjoining tissues from getting infected as well.
Root canal treatments are done by highly trained endodontists who perform the procedure with the help of sophisticated equipment to ensure the tooth is restored to its ideal condition.
Causes of root canal infection
If you have tooth decay or cavity you have been ignoring for a long, the chances are high that it can lead to root canal infection. If not treated on time, the cavity could grow wider and deeper, decaying the underlying dentin, making way for microbes to eventually reach the root canal cavity and infect the dental pulp. In some cases, external trauma to the mouth causing broken, cracked, or chipped teeth, severe gum disease like periodontitis, etc., could also be the reasons contributing to a root canal infection.
Root canal infection usually comes with the following symptoms:
- Discolored of the infected tooth due to the decayed pulp
- Bleeding gums
- Severe pain in the affected tooth
- Jawbone deterioration
- Loosening of the tooth from its socket
- Pus discharge from the gums
Unlike during the old days, the root canal treatment is now a pain-free procedure as the dentist will offer local anesthesia to numb down the area around which the affected tooth. The dentist will then place a rubber dam around the tooth to keep the tooth dry and free of saliva.
The treatment for a root canal infection mainly focuses on removing the infected pulp from within the root canal cavity. This can be done in two methods: either making a hole in the tooth and manually extracting the decayed pulp or using a highly intense laser beam to eliminate the bacteria in the pulp and remove it. After cleaning the cavity and its wall, a small amount of antibiotic medication is placed in it to prevent reinfection and growth of microbes in the root canal cavity. Your endodontist will then seal off the opening with a tooth-colored filling material. You may also be advised to get a dental crown after a root canal procedure, as your tooth usually tends to weaken after the procedure due to the removal of nerves and blood vessels. Crown can help to hold the tooth intact and prevent any damage to it.
What does Root Canal Involve?
Root canal treatments are the best and long-lasting solutions to help eliminate your tooth infection and the pain associated with it. So, if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity or toothache, give us a call and schedule an appointment to get your issues fixed.