Root canals are not something to fear. Dentistry has come a long way, so procedures such as this can now be performed with minimal, if any, discomfort. A root canal is a general dentistry procedure to relieve pain and save a severely damaged tooth. Nerve tissue is not necessary to maintain the health or function. Its only purpose is to provide sensory information.
When there is inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth, a tooth’s nerve tissue or pulp is damaged and bacteria begin to grow deep inside the pulp chamber. The decay and bacteria can cause infection or an abscess. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of bacteria. Infection in the root canal of a tooth can cause swelling and bone loss. At times, an abscess can begin to drain out of the tooth or gums.
A specialist known as an Endodontist removes the pulp and nerve tissue inside the tooth, cleans, disinfects the tooth of infection and bacteria, and refills it to seal the space. A crown is usually needed after a root canal to ensure the tooth doesn’t break, increasing the lifetime of the tooth.
Root Canals Offer Pain Relief for Infected Teeth!
Infection and tooth decay can make life miserable when everyday things like eating and sleeping are interrupted by severe pain. Fortunately, there is a treatment for this, and it saves the tooth while treating decay and infection. Root canals are performed under local anesthesia, and the procedure takes roughly an hour and a half. Discomfort after a root canal procedure is generally a small amount of bruising around the tooth and can be controlled with over the counter pain medication.
If you are experiencing pain or know you’re in need of root canal therapy, don’t hesitate to contact Manhattan Dental Design so we can help you!