Have you been told that you have an infected root canal? If so, you should act quickly or you could lose your tooth. Not only can an infected root canal lead to tooth loss, it can also produce significant discomfort and disrupt your daily life. Root canal therapy removes the infection deep within your tooth and prevents the need for extraction.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a part of your tooth’s anatomy. It’s a small, chambered area that holds the nerve endings of teeth and cellular material. The contents of a root canal can become inflamed when exposed to oral bacteria.
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is a procedure that treats an infected root canal. This treatment removes the infected tissue within a tooth and seals the root canal with a rubber compound to prevent future complications. Root canal therapy can literally save your tooth and restore its function.
How does a root canal become infected?
A root canal can become infected when teeth are chipped, cracked, or badly decayed. In healthy teeth, the root canal is sealed off from infection-causing bacteria. When a tooth is severely damaged, however, the root canal can be exposed to oral bacteria and debris. Unable to fight off an infection, this exposure could lead to painful abscesses and/or the need for a tooth extraction.
Will I be comfortable during my procedure?
Root canal therapy has an undeserved reputation for being painful. This is often because having an infected root canal can be very uncomfortable. The treatment itself, however, isn’t actually too invasive or painful. In fact, many people compare the sensations they experience during root canal therapy to receiving routine dental fillings.
Our dentist uses local anesthetics to ensure that our patients feel comfortable during their treatment. After patients heal from root canal therapy, they no longer feel intense discomfort associated with an infected tooth.
For more information or to reserve a consultation with our dentist, contact the office of Dr. John Morris today.