Every tooth has a canal or chamber within it that contains the living tissue of the tooth, including blood vessels and nerves. Known as the dental pulp, this area supplies the tooth with nutrients and blood and maintains the health of the tooth roots. The health of a tooth depends on how healthy and nourished the internatl tissues and nerves within it are. If the dental pulp becomes infected, decayed or injured, it can cause significant pain and may eventually lead to the death and extraction of the tooth. Root canal treatment can remove the infected and damaged tissues, preventing the tooth from extraction and allowing you to retain and continue using it.
How does one identify the symptoms of tooth infection?
There are several symptoms that indicate you may be suffering from a tooth infection. These symptoms include:
- Unexplained tooth sensitivity followed by intense pain
- Difficulty or pain when biting and chewing
- Severe sensitivity to temperature, especially hot and cold beverages
- Persistent bad breath
- Swollen lymph nodes near the ear
- Swelling of the face
- Recurrent signs of fever
These symptoms can also affect other areas of your mouth and face, and may have an impact on the type of food that you eat. Untreated infections can result in tooth loss and may require more extensive care to replace the tooth and regain your oral health. Our restorative dentist may recommend a root canal to remove the infeciton and prevent you from loosing your tooth.
What does a root canal procedure involve?
A root canal procedure works to remove any signs of infection that may be leading to the damage of teeth from the inside. This treatment is a type of endodontic therapy, and is typically performed by an endodontist – a dental specialist who focuses on treating problems of the dental pulp and tooth roots.
A root canal procedure involves opening the tooth, usually by creating a small hole at the top of the tooth. Our restorative dentist then removes the infected tissue from teh tooth and thoroughly cleans it. The tooth isthen filled with a biocompatible medication to prevent further infection and help rejuvenate the internal tissues. The tooth is then sealed to prevent futher infection. A restoration, such as a dental crown, is placed over the tooth to restore its shape, size, appearance and strength.
Call Lydon Dentistry at 949-660-1321 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Lydon and learn more about the benefits of root canal therapy in Irvine, California!