Each tooth contains a pulp chamber and canals, which are commonly known collectively as the nerve of the tooth. When decay and infection break through the layers of your teeth and get to the pulp, a root canal is needed. Untreated teeth can lead to severe swelling and abscesses (pus formation), which is very painful. The only options for treating an infected pulp are either a root canal or an extraction (pulling the tooth). The root canal procedure cleans out the pulp canals in the roots of your teeth and seals it off, creating a sterile environment and allowing you to save that tooth. It is essentially getting a filling for the roots of your teeth. There are several reasons why root canals would be indicated:
Root canals are the preferred treatment because you will be able to still function properly with that tooth for the rest of your life and also preserve the bone underneath it. Extracting the tooth could lead to bone loss, movement of teeth, poor function, and poor esthetics. The most common symptoms of an infected pulp are a random throbbing pain in the jaw, pain with pressure, extreme sensitivity to hot or cold, and the presence of a fistula (small bubble of pus) on the gums in front of the infected tooth. Digital radiographs would be taken to check for a dark area of infection at the root tip. Treatment may take either one or two visits, depending on the severity of the infection. A crown is recommended to protect the tooth from fracturing after the root canal treatment is complete.
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