This type of treatments involves the expulsion of infected tissue from inside your tooth. You can rely on our experienced dentists to clean and fill the inside of your tooth to prevent the damage or infection from getting worse. Root canal treatments can save your tooth from having to be extracted.
At the center of each of your teeth is a combination of blood vessels and nerves called pulp. This pulp resides in a space known as the pulp chamber and the connecting bridge between the pulp chamber and the pulp is one or more root canals. A damaged tooth can cause bacteria to enter the root canal resulting in irritation, pain, and swelling.
Local anesthesia is normally used when performing root canal treatment. You won’t feel any pain in your tooth and jaw area and you will stay awake throughout the procedure. Feel free to consult your dentist if you have any doubts about having a local anesthetic.
A typical root canal therapy involves the dentist cleaning the site and removing the dead or diseased tissue. He will clean the inside of the tooth thoroughly and put a sealant material to fill the inside of the tooth, totally sealing it to make sure that no living tissue or bacteria can penetrate, thereby preventing infection to the nerve tissue or pulp in the future.
Failure to prevent an infection or leaving the tissue or pulp untreated results in a breakdown and an infestation of bacteria, thereby causing an abscess, or infection of the mouth, face, jaw, or throat. Performing a simple root canal treatment, however, can absolve you from developing an abscess.
After examining your teeth, we would administer a root canal therapy if required. We use advanced technology to make treatment simple and efficient, painlessly restoring your dental health to its optimum state.
Root Canal Symptoms
Your teeth are composed of blood vessels, nerve fibers, and soft lymph tissues which if damaged or infected can create a deep cavity. To effectively treat such disease and avoid losing your tooth completely, you need to undergo root canal therapy. Some of the symptoms that show you need root canal therapy include the following.
Common Symptoms of Root Canal Infection
- A strong sustained throbbing pain in the area of the tooth
- Pain when chewing on a particular tooth or a certain side of your mouth
- Pain when consuming cold food or drinks
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Tooth discoloration
- Swollen and sensitive gums near the sore tooth
- A pimple on the gums
Root canal infection symptoms seldom reveal themselves until it is too late. It is therefore advisable that you visit the dentist at intervals of six months and practice good oral hygiene habits.
Root canal therapy is the most effective treatment against all kinds of root canal infections. When an infected root canal and the subsequent abscessed tooth is left untreated, one or more of the following occurs:
- Swelling that could spread to other areas of the face
- Bone loss around the tip of the root
- Drainage that can ooze into the gums and sometimes through the cheek into the skin
Root canal therapy consists basically of two types. They are explained in detail below:
A pulpectomy is a partial root canal therapy that is administered by an endodontist to patients depending on the severity of their infection. It will help relieve the pain and give the antibiotics time to reduce the infection. You will receive antibiotics to reduce the infection on your first appointment with the endodontist. The second appointment usually involves the removal of the infected pulp and the cleaning and filling of the infected canal.
This is a tooth-saving procedure that is recommended by your dentist and is done when the infection is so serious that it spreads beyond the root tip. In this procedure, a portion of the root tip and the apical infection is usually removed. The endodontist then cleans the whole area and fills the canal with a biocompatible material and Guetta Percha. This is a rubber-like material that seals your tooth from bacteria and prevents another infection.
At Queens Medical Center, we make sure to follow up on your root canal therapy, helping you manage any post-procedure pain you may have. Depending on the state of the remaining pulp and the amount of swelling, we may prescribe pain relievers or an antibiotic to aid your root canal recovery.
You may experience sensitive tooth for the first few days after the root canal therapy. This is normal, and you will be relieved after a few days. Meanwhile, we advise that you do not expose the treated teeth to too much chewing until the therapy is finished and the permanent filling or dental crown has been fixed.
If you have any doubts, get in touch with our trusted endodontist immediately. We will be glad to provide you with accurate knowledge and lay your doubts about the procedure if necessary.