Your teeth have a couple of different layers. The outside has an enamel layer, the second layer of dentin, and a soft inner core that extends into the root in your jawbone. It contains dental pulp, which consists of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
Decay in the softcore of your tooth can be extremely painful. If left untreated, the pulp can become inflamed, infected, or even necrotic (dead). Root canal infection is an inflammation of the root canals naturally present in teeth as passageways run from the crown to the pulp. It can lead to pain, swelling, and redness of the gums. Root canal infections require complete treatment, beginning with a thorough cleaning and root canal therapy.
Root canal treatment is a procedure to remove the pulp in your teeth. It involves cleaning, shaping, disinfecting, filling, and sealing the root. A general dentist or endodontist typically performs root canal procedures.
The signs of root canal infection are:
Root canal treatment involves multiple visits to complete. At the first appointment, your dentist will numb your tooth with a local anesthetic and use drills and dental tools to remove infected tissues from inside your tooth’s root canals. The dentist will clean out the inside of the tooth. Root canal debris may be removed from the tooth, and the inside of the tooth-shaped so that it forms a smooth surface. This is to protect your tooth from infection after root canal treatment. A biocompatible material is used to fill the root canal. Also, a dental crown is fixed to restore the function of the teeth.
You may experience pain and discomfort after the procedure. Other symptoms that you can expect include soreness, pain, numbness, and bleeding.
Root canal-treated teeth can last for more than ten years. However, an infection may reoccur, and you may develop the same symptoms in different intensities, but only in the rarest of cases. Root canal teeth are not considered weaker after treatment because the dentist uses a dental crown to restore their strength. Root canal surgery will save your tooth from extraction and provide you with a long-lasting tooth.
Visit Spring Arbor Dental for more information about root canal infection and what you can expect.