Root Canal Treatments
When food, tartar, and plaque builds up on your teeth, it can allow bacteria to grow and cause decay or infections. If tooth decay is untreated, it could lead to the death of the living tissue that keeps your tooth healthy, and you are at risk of losing your tooth. Likewise, if an infection is not treated immediately, it can spread and cause severe damage to your teeth, gums, jawbone, and your overall health. When you are experiencing such a severe degree of tooth decay or an infection, a root canal treatment can be one of the last options to save your tooth before it has to be extracted.
If you have an infection due to severe tooth decay, you might experience the following symptoms: tenderness, swelling, high sensitivity to hot and cold foods and pain. These occur because the inside of your tooth, where the nerves, blood vessels, roots and soft tissue are, or pulp as it’s commonly referred to, has been infected. A root canal treatment will be required to surgically open your tooth and remove and treat the infection so your tooth can recover. If it is already too late and the tooth has died, it will need to be extracted and a replacement implanted.
What Does A Root Canal Surgery Involve?
- Your gum and teeth will be examined to locate the source of infection and what has been infected
- X-rays will be needed to determine the extent of the infection and if it has extended to the bone
- Local anesthesia will be injected to the area being treated to make the procedure painless and more comfortable for you
- The infected tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and prepped for the root canal
- The dentist will drill a small hole at the top of the tooth to expose the infected pulp
- The pulp is removed and the tooth treated to remove the infection
- The tooth is thoroughly cleaned to allow the dental filling to be applied
- Once the filling sets, a dental crown will be placed on top of the tooth to seal it and protect it
You might experience swelling and pain for a few days after the surgery, but your dentist will prescribe some painkillers to alleviate your pain and ice packs should help with the swelling. It is crucial to practice good oral hygiene to prevent further tooth decay or another infection. Infections can spread easily to your gums and the bone and be life-threatening if left untreated so please seek medical attention immediately and practice good habits to avoid these in the first place.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of tooth decay or infection, call us today at (707) 240-8099 to schedule your appointment and have one of our dentists evaluate you. Don't wait much longer; a root canal treatment might still be able to save your tooth and prevent the spread of infection.