Every tooth has a canal/chamber that contains a number of connective tissues, blood vessels, nerves, and other masses that supports and channels nutrition to the tooth. It also maintains the health of the roots. The innermost layer of the tooth is termed as the dental pulp. At times, the dental pulp may suffer from an infection which can either be due to trauma or an external injury that led the infection into the tooth.
A root canal therapy is performed to remove the infection causing bacteria from the tooth. It is a safe, effective, and efficient method to preserve the appearance and health of teeth.
How does one identify the symptoms of tooth infection?
There are several symptoms that indicate that one may be suffering from a tooth infection. Here are the symptoms of tooth infection:
- Unexplained tooth sensitivity followed by intense pain.
- Difficulty to bite and chew.
- Severe sensitivity to hold and cold beverages.
- Bad breath.
- Swollen lymph nodes near the near.
- Swelling of the face.
- Recurrent signs of fever.
The above symptoms indicate the presence of an abscessed tooth. Any infection that attacks teeth can indirectly affect other areas of the face and also have an impact on the food that patients consume. An untreated tooth abscess can result in tooth loss and likely lead to the requirement of advanced restorative structures.
What does a root canal procedure involve?
A root canal procedure aims at removing any signs of infection that may be leading to the damage of teeth from the inside. The procedure comes under the category of endodontics and is generally performed by a trained endodontist.
The prime point of infection is inside the tooth enamel right at the dental pulp which is the core of the tooth’s structure. It is essential to understand that the tooth’s health depends on how healthy and nourished the internal tissues and nerves are maintained inside it.
The procedure is carried out neatly and accurately by creating a hole on the cusp on the tooth. It is through this hole that the dentist would reach inside the dental pulp to remove the existing infection. Once the elements of dirt and infection are removed, the cavity is cleaned and filled with a biocompatible solution that would rejuvenate the internal tissues of the tooth.
Then, the dentist would seal the hole and a form of restoration such as a dental crown would be placed on top of the tooth. The dental restoration would be customized to match the shape, size, and contour of teeth.
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