Infections in the teeth can be detrimental to both your oral health and your overall health, and they should be taken care of immediately. As bacteria irritate the pulp of the affected tooth, it becomes inflamed and swells, which can cause a significant amount of pain.
What is a Root Canal?A root canal is meant to remove an infection from the inside of your tooth, avoiding the need for extraction, and protecting your oral health.
Why is a Root Canal Necessary?Infections inside the result of the bacterial invasion. However, how do bacteria get inside your teeth in the first place? There are several different ways in which bacteria can get in – cracks or chips that extend into the inner layer (dentin) of your teeth, cavities or gum disease. Once inside, the bacteria take up residence in the hollow canals of your tooth. They continue to multiply and irritate the pulp. As a result, the pulp becomes inflamed, which can cause a significant amount of pain.
Over time, the bacteria can spill out of the root of your tooth, forming an abscess. The abscess continues to grow the longer the infection goes untreated. It can even rupture, spilling bacteria into your bloodstream. A root canal is the only way to get rid of infection inside your tooth, avoiding the need for a tooth extraction and restoring the health of your mouth.
Do I Need a Root Canal?There are a few different symptoms that can point to an infection inside of your tooth.
|A dental abscess. This is the biggest indication that there is an infection.
|A painful toothache.
|Severe pain that is brought on by something such as chewing. The pain lingers, however, after you are finished eating.
|Severe sensitivity to such things as heat, cold, spice or acid. Again, the sensitivity lingers after the irritant is gone.
|Swelling of your face.
|Bone loss in the jaw.
DiagnosisInfections in your teeth are diagnosed with a thorough oral exam. We will first take a look inside your mouth, checking your gums for signs of an infection (such as redness and swelling). We will also inspect your teeth for damage and decay.
TreatmentAlong with a visual inspection of your mouth, we will take digital X-rays. These images will allow us to see everything that is going on under your gums. We can take note of issues such as abscesses and bone loss. If we do find an infection is present, your X-rays will then be used to create your customized treatment plan.
What is the Root Canal Procedure?At Boones Landing Dental Center, your root canal treatment is performed using rotary endodontics.
Drilling into the ToothYour treatment begins with a local anesthetic. Next, a small hole is drilled into the top of your affected tooth.
Removing the Tooth InfectionSmall tools are used to remove the infected pulp. We then use an electric handpiece equipped with a nickel-titanium tip to shape and clean the canals inside the tooth. This is used instead of the manual stainless-steel file that has been used in the past. Nickel-titanium is up to 5 times more flexible than stainless steel, which allows us to access curved canals with less risk of damaging the tooth. The rotary tool also allows us to perform your root canal in less time.
Cleaning and Capping the ToothAfter the canals are shaped, the interior of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. We then fill the tooth and cap it with a crown.
Schedule Your Root Canal Appointment TodayDo you need a root canal? At Boones Landing Dental Center, we can remove the infection from your tooth with a root canal. Call today at (503) 601-0610 to schedule your appointment.