The idea of getting a root canal causes the average person to cringe with anxiety. However, root canal therapy (RCT) is often the only way to save a badly infected tooth from extraction. You may think pulling the tooth would be the best option, particularly if you are experiencing extreme discomfort. But if the tooth is at all salvageable with general dentistry, it is always best to keep your natural teeth intact.
RCT involves cleaning out the affected tooth and removing the nerve. Special instruments are used to clean out the root of the tooth where the nerve is dying. It is the involvement of the nerve that leads to the severe pain experienced. Decay is most often the cause for RCT. A tooth that has been broken or cracked to the extent that the nerve is exposed may also be a candidate for RCT depending on how extensive the damage or crack may be.
When decay is the cause of the problem, bacteria has gotten into the root chamber and attacked the nerve of the tooth. The body’s natural defenses kick in and fight the bacteria. This battle produces toxins that lead to swelling. If the toxins get into the bloodstream, serious complications may develop. Treating the infection with antibiotics may be necessary.
Root Canals Offer Pain Relief for Infected Teeth!
An infected tooth can cause extreme pain and discomfort. It can feel impossible to bite down on the tooth. Pain may be throbbing or shooting, sharp or dull or any combination. RCT offers relief. When the nerve of the tooth is removed there is no feeling left in the tooth. The root canal is thoroughly cleaned out and a special filling is placed in the canal and sealed off so bacteria cannot reenter the site. The remainder of the tooth is filled with composite or another filling material.
Since the nerve has been removed, it is often suggested the tooth be crowned to supply strength and stability. Teeth that have undergone root canal therapy are no longer nourished by the body so they can become brittle. A dental crown provides protection and strength.
If you are experiencing the pain and discomfort of an infected tooth, Midgette Family Dentistry has emergency appointments available. We can ease your pain and possibly save your tooth with RCT. Contact us to make your appointment and bring your suffering to an end.