Endodontics deals with the biology and pathology of the dental pulp and root tissues of the tooth. The root canal is the most common endodontic procedure, which is usually done to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected.
The pulp, which is composed of nerves and blood vessels in the tooth, needs to go through root canal therapy if it gets infected or damaged. The procedure isn’t painful at all, compared to the discomfort an infected pulp causes that would require seeking dental care.
Can Pulp Damage Cause Any Infection?
Bacteria begin to multiply when the pulp inside the pulp chamber gets damaged. These bacteria can cause an infection or an abscess at the tooth root, i.e., pockets filled with pus. This can lead to:
- Swelling that may proliferate to other areas of the face, neck, or head
- Bone loss around the tip of the root
- Drainage problems expand outward from the root.
- A hole can appear through the side of the tooth, with drainage into the gums or through the cheek into the skin.
What Are the Symptoms of a Tooth Infection?
Major symptoms that denote the need for a root canal include:
- Unbearable toothache
- Pain while chewing or biting
- Very high sensitivity to heat and cold
- Prolonged bad breath
- Bulging of lymph nodes in the neck
- Swollen face
What Is the Procedure for a Root Canal?
During a root canal, dentists remove all underlying infections. Then, they will fill your root system so that further infection wouldn’t occur. Then, your tooth will be capped with a dental crown that looks and functions like a real tooth. You can’t have any chewing food to avoid recontamination of the tooth’s interior and also prevent the now-fragile tooth from breaking.
In the beginning, the tooth may feel sensitive due to natural tissue inflammation. But this discomfort or pain can be relieved with pain medications. Still, it is necessary to get checked by your dentist at scheduled intervals. It is also important to maintain your oral health care routine by brushing and flossing regularly.
What Are the Benefits of a Root Canal?
The benefits of having a root canal are:
- A root canal seals out infection
- It prevents cracking and leaking, which are sometimes caused by dental fillings
- It is a better permanent solution to infected teeth and root systems.
Schedule a consultation with our team by calling the Infinity Dental office or by contacting us online to know more about root canal therapy. We would be happy to help.