At Access Dental, we treat a damaged tooth with root canal therapy which can restore the function of the tooth and relieve any associated pain.
Treating Tooth Infection
Do you have a tooth infection? If so, that infection can end up causing a great deal of damage to the structure of your tooth and can also impact your entire well-being if left ignored.
All teeth have root canals that are filled with blood vessels, a pulp (the innermost part of your tooth), and nerves that branch off from the top of the tooth until they reach the tip of the root.
When an infection occurs or if the tooth’s pulp becomes harmed, it can begin to affect the root. A host of issues can then occur, such as pain and sensitivity, disease, and an abscess.
How Root Canal Therapy Works
Root canal therapy removes any of the infected or decayed pulp from the tooth.
The dentist will then fill the canal with a safe substance to prevent infection and restore the healthy part of the tooth.
It will then be capped with a crown, inlay, or onlay to provide extra strength and durability.
This treatment has a high success rate and prevents the need of having the tooth completely extracted.
In a series of visits, the diseased tissue will be removed, the inner chamber cleansed, canals reshaped, and then finally filled and sealed to prevent any further damage.
Is It Painful?
Many people fear root canal therapy. However, the experience is very similar to having a filling placed.
If any deep cleaning of the root is required, anesthesia will be used to ensure that patients are comfortable.
Attempting to save and salvage the tooth has many benefits over an extraction. For one, a crown can provide stability and also address other issues while improving the overall appearance of the tooth.
The alternative (tooth extraction) can lead to a series of other issues, from shifting teeth to TMJ disorders.
If you have a tooth infection or are suffering from pain and sensitivity, it’s important to visit your dentist for an assessment. A root canal may be recommended to remove the damage and save your tooth.