What is a root canal?
Root canal can save an infected tooth by treating the tissue inside the tooth if has died or become infected. If the tooth is not treated it can result in a tooth extraction. The tissue inside the tooth is called the pulp or also known as the nerve of the tooth. If the pulp is infected there can be irreversible damage, decay or cracks.
An untreated infection of the tooth pulp can also affect the jawbone and lead to an abscess. An abscess can be life-threatening if it continues to spread, so it’s important to get an infected tooth checked out by a dentist as soon as possible.
Symptoms of an infected pulp which requires a root canal:
The following treatments may be signals that you require a root canal:
Severe tooth pain
Pain on chewing or pressure
Prolonged pain to hot or cold
Decay near the nerve
High levels of tooth wear
Continual dental work on a tooth
Root canal procedure:
We use anaesthetic to numb the tooth before we do any work. We isolate the tooth from further contamination and then we create a small access point in the head of the tooth. Carefully, the infected tissue is removed and cleaned out. The area is disinfected and a dressing is placed within the tooth. Once the root canal is clean, the tooth is sealed.
The outside of the tooth needs to be restored. Sometimes a filling can be used, however, a crown is a common way to seal and protect the tooth as it can easily be broken. The crown helps protect the tooth long term and make it stronger.
If you are experiencing pain or know you’re in need of root canal therapy, don’t hesitate to contact Brite Smile Dental Care today so we can help!!