Root canal therapy is a restorative dental solution used to save teeth that are affected by severe damage or decay. Due to factors like an untreated tooth injury, poor oral hygiene, or gum disease, the nerves and roots of a tooth can become vulnerable to excessive bacteria buildup. This bacteria can inflame the tooth’s underlying dental pulp and cause a painful infection or an abscess to form, potentially necessitating removal of the affected tooth. Because an extracted tooth can lead to additional problems, such as a loss in jawbone density and the shifting of surrounding teeth, it is pivotal to clear away the infection and save the tooth from dying. An untreated tooth infection can pose serious threats to an individual’s oral health, immune system, and general well-being, making swift dental treatment essential.
Fortunately, root canal therapy is designed to prevent the further spread of infection or inflammation by removing bacteria from the root canal, addressing the infected tissue, and sterilizing and sealing the nerve chamber. The procedure can ultimately save the affected tooth and alleviate the intense pain caused by an infection. After the infection is removed, the tooth structure can be reinforced with a custom-designed porcelain crown or dental filling designed to blend in naturally with your surrounding teeth. Our dentists place patient comfort as their top priority and will do everything in their power to restore the health of a damaged tooth and prevent an extraction.
Signs of an Infected Tooth
As soon as a patient realizes their tooth has become infected, treating the infection with root canal therapy is critical. There are many factors that can signify a tooth infection, but the most common symptom is severe pain in or around the affected tooth. Other signs may include:
- Development of an abscess, which may be exhibited through redness, heat, swelling, or discharge around the tooth
- Extreme sensitivity to heat and cold
- Problems chewing
- Discoloration in the affected tooth
- A constant bad taste in the mouth
- Inflammation or tenderness in the gums
It should also be noted that an infected tooth may not exhibit any symptoms at all. For this reason, patients should always undergo regular dental check-ups in order to detect a possible infection before the tooth suffers additional damage.
Root Canal Procedure
After a thorough consultation to confirm that root canal therapy is an appropriate treatment for you, our dentist will create a treatment plan to eliminate the infection and save the damaged tooth from extraction. During the procedure, the infected or inflamed tissue will be removed from the nerve chamber, which will then be cleansed, disinfected, and sealed. After this process is complete, the tooth structure can be strengthened with a porcelain dental crown or tooth-colored filling to improve both the appearance and function of the tooth.
While individuals may have anxiety surrounding the procedure, patients typically report that root canal therapy involves no more discomfort than any other restorative dental treatment. In fact, patients are usually very relieved that the pain from their infected tooth has been alleviated. Our dentists have your needs in mind through every step of process, and can perform the procedure with the highest levels of care to minimize any possible discomfort.
Results of a Root Canal
After root canal therapy, pain and other symptoms caused by an infected tooth should be resolved, and patients can enjoy the renewed health of their tooth. This is a very common procedure that has saved countless individuals from having their tooth extracted. Endodontic treatment generally allows patients to prevent tooth and bone loss, retain their natural smile, continue eating the foods they enjoy, and reduce their risk of infection-related health concerns.
To learn more about root canal therapy or schedule your consultation for the procedure, please contact our dentists today.