Root Canal Therapy, or endodontic treatment, is necessary when a tooth’s pulp (nerve and blood supply) becomes infected or inflamed. This condition is also known as an abscessed tooth, and it can cause serious pain and discomfort.
An abscessed tooth is caused by the penetration of bacteria. If a small chip forms in the tooth, bacteria can find its way into the pulp, destroying it. This problem is a grave one and can lead to many side effects and future issues, like:
- Bitter taste in mouth and/or bad breath
- Pain when chewing
- Swelling in mouth and neck
- Sensitivity to heat and cold
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
- Shift of the remaining teeth
It is important to protect yourself from the symptoms and problems that come with an abscessed tooth.
How Can Root Canals Help?
The Root canal treatment may be the only way to save the tooth from requiring an extraction. Root canals consist of removing the nerves that lie within the root of the tooth. If the damaged pulp is no longer within the tooth, the tooth can function properly again without any of the sensitivity.
In a root canal, Dr. Young will make a small hole in the tooth and remove the ruined pulp. He will then clean out the area and the surrounding root canals.
Finally, he will seal and fill the tooth. Often, we will reinforce a tooth treated with root canal therapy with a crown.
Below is an infected tooth with a dark shadow at the top of the root tip. After root canal treatment, one can see a progression of healing. Due to root canal therapy, the tooth has been saved for many years to come.
If you are feeling discomfort, think you may have an abscessed tooth, or want to learn more about root canals, come see Dr. Young. We will take care of you at Premier Dental Esthetics. Simply call, text, or contact us using the form on this page to schedule your first appointment or have your questions answered.
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