Removing Damaged Tissue
When the inside of a tooth becomes damaged by trauma, decay or other means, it may be necessary to complete a root canal. This procedure involves removing the damaged tissue from the inside of the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the canal and sealing the tooth with a material to keep bacteria from entering the canal space.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a treatment designed to flush out bacteria from an infected root canal. During the treatment the nerve and pulp inside the tooth are removed and the empty space is then filled and sealed to prevent further infection. The tooth’s nerve is located inside the soft part of your tooth or the pulp.
What Happens If An Infected Tooth is Ignored?
Root canals are done to treat an infected tooth after the tooth’s tissues began to break down due to bacteria. If left alone, bacteria will continue to multiply inside the soft tissue, leading to tooth decay. This can also lead to a tooth abscess which is a pocket that forms at the end of the tooth’s root. Bone loss can start at the tip of the root from a pus-filled abscess, drainage can also occur and infect gums and other teeth.
How Does a Root Canal Infection Form?
Root canal infections can occur in many ways, a cracked tooth, cavities or issues from filling may all be a cause to a root canal. A high sensitivity to hot and cold foods may indicate a root canal issue. Other symptoms of a root canal include:
- Tooth decay and darkening gums
- Chipped or a cracked tooth
- Pain around a certain area when chewing or biting down
- Lasting high sensitivity to hot and cold even
- Tender gums
How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?
If you are experiencing any symptoms contact Ustick Dental. Taking an X-ray of the area can determine the shape and size of the infection around the roots. If it is determined that you need a root canal then proper steps will be taken to ensure that the root is properly filled and sealed to save the rest of the tooth.