When the inside of your tooth gets infected and there’s no place for inflammation to go = PAIN… We can help alleviate your tooth pain!
Root canal (endodontic) procedures are performed to remove infected nerve tissue from the inside of a tooth. There are multiple ways a tooth can become damaged. The most common problem associated with immediate treatment, is that of infection. The dental pulp is a relatively sterile environment. It is a complex of blood vessels and nerves providing support for cells involved with sensation and repair of the interior of your tooth. There is a large amount of microbial activity happening on the exterior surface of your teeth. If at any point the microbes (bacteria) from the external surface find a way to access the internal chamber of a tooth, the tooth becomes infected. The increase in pressure from the invading bacteria and the response of the patient’s defense system make for a very painful sensation in the tooth.
The dentist relieves the pain and treats the infection by opening the top of the tooth. Using special instruments the damaged nerve is removed, the canals are disinfected, and a bacteriocidal medication is placed within the tooth canals. After allowing the tooth time to heal, the patient is re-evaluated, and
if the tooth has improved a permanent restoration is needed. At this point any further access to the canals is sealed off and the tooth is given time to heal. For information on dental crowns.
If left untreated bacterial infections of the pulp can be very dangerous. The infection can move its way through the tooth’s canal system and create an abscess at the apex of the tooth. The development of an abscess degrades the bone structure supporting the tooth and allows the inflammation to travel to other areas of the face/jaw. If you have swelling and intense tooth pain call us as soon as possible for treatment.