Inside of each of our teeth is a pulp chamber in which blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that help the roots of the teeth grow during development are found. When this pulp becomes infected either due to a fracture in the tooth, deep decay, or trauma, it becomes essential to remove the infection to prevent tooth loss and other potential consequences. The symptoms of this infection can include pain, gum swelling, tenderness, etc. This infection is removed by the procedure known as root canal therapy and is a safe, effective, and quick way to preserve your smile's quality and appearance.
Symptoms of Tooth Infection
Symptoms of tooth infection that indicate the requirement of a root canal treatment include:
Pain while chewing or biting
High sensitivity to heat and cold
Swelling of lymph nodes in the neck
Root canal procedure
During the root canal procedure, your dentist makes small access opening in the tooth, and using endodontic files, the dentist cleans and shapes the small, thin canal(s) of the tooth. After this, a biocompatible material, called gutta percha, is placed within the canals with a special adhesive cement to ensure that no more bacteria or debris enter the canal. The dentist will then suggest a post and crown if required, to restore the tooth.
If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, you will likely have an infected/ abscessed tooth. If left untreated, this can lead to systemic infection or tooth loss. Though there is a popular misconception that root canal treatments can be painful, in reality, they are no more uncomfortable than a traditional filling.
If you suspect that you have any of these symptoms, call us, book an appointment and visit us for a dental examination by our expert dentists.