Root Canal Therapy
Infections in your teeth are not only painful, but they can also be dangerous. In addition to impacting your oral health, they can also have a significant impact on your overall health, leading to serious issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and more. Infections do not go away on their own. Mid Valley Dental can provide treatment with a root canal.
How Do I Get an Infection in My Tooth?
Your teeth are made up of many layers. The only part of your teeth that you see, however, is the outermost layer. This is the tooth enamel and is the hardest substance in your body. Just below the enamel is the dentin. This layer is also hard, though not as much as the enamel, and contains hollow canals that lead to the roots of the teeth. Finally, there is a hollow canal that contains soft tissue called pulp.
While the enamel is incredibly strong, it is not indestructible. Physical damage or decay can weaken this protective layer. If the damage goes beyond the enamel and into dentin or even the pulp chamber, bacteria can then get inside. Once in the tooth, the bacteria multiply and begin attacking the pulp. The pulp becomes irritated and inflamed, leading to significant pain. The longer an infection goes untreated, the worse it becomes and can lead to the formation of an abscess which can put your whole-body health at risk.
What are the Symptoms of an Infection?
One of the most common symptoms of an infection is a painful toothache. However, in some cases, you might not exhibit any pain. There are a few other signs and symptoms of infection as well. These include:
|Swelling in the face and jaw near the infected tooth.
|A bad taste in your mouth. This taste does not go away, no matter what you do.
|Lingering pain or sensitivity.
|Bone loss in your jaw.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure performed to remove an infection from your tooth and restore your oral health. By eliminating the infection, we can prevent the need for tooth extraction. To eliminate the infection, the infected pulp is removed from the tooth, and the interior is disinfected.
How is a Root Canal Performed?
A root canal is a straightforward procedure performed under a local anesthetic. If you are feeling anxious, sedation may also be provided to help you remain calm and comfortable. The procedure begins with a small access hole being drilled into the top of the affected tooth. Next, small tools are inserted into the hole to remove the pulp and the nerve.
The canals in the tooth are shaped, and the entire interior is cleaned and disinfected. A material called gutta percha is placed into the empty space. This material helps to seal the canals to prevent bacteria from getting inside. Finally, the tooth is provided with a crown. The crown functions to protect the tooth from further harm or new infections as well as restore its strength so that it can continue to function normally.
With a root canal, we can remove an infection from inside of your tooth, restoring your oral health and your quality of life. If you suspect that you have a tooth infection, call Mid Valley Dental today at (920) 215-4160 to schedule your appointment.