Root Canal Therapy
The teeth see a significant amount of use every single day. They are essential not just for biting and chewing, but for speaking, the quality of your smile, and even the health of your jawbone. The teeth are actually the strongest substance in the body. Even so, they can still be faced with issues such as cracks, chips, and decay. These issues not only compromise the structural integrity of the affected tooth, but can also lead to a painful tooth infection. Should a tooth infection develop, Our Dentist can help with root canal therapy.
How Does an Infection Develop?
Your teeth are actually fairly complex. While you only see the enamel, or outermost, layer, there is so much more located under the surface. Just below the enamel is the dentin. The enamel is the strongest substance in your body. The dentin is also strong, although not as strong as the enamel. This layer contains hollow canals. These canals lead to the roots of the teeth. Under the dentin is a hollow chamber. This chamber contains soft tissue known as pulp.
When the teeth are damaged, treatment is needed right away. Damage that extends past the enamel into the inner layers of the teeth leaves a direct path for bacteria to get inside. Once inside the tooth, the bacteria begin to multiply and irritate the pulp. Irritated pulp becomes inflamed, which can cause a significant amount of pain.
Bacteria can also lead to the formation of an abscess. An abscess is a barrier that forms around bacteria as they spill out through the root of the tooth. It attempts to contain the bacteria and prevent their spread. Without treatment, abscesses can grow larger, harming your jawbone. An abscess may also rupture, which can then allow bacteria to enter into the bloodstream.
Signs of an Infection
A painful toothache is typically the most common sign that there is an infection present. There are, however, other symptoms that may also occur. These symptoms include
Treating an Infected Tooth with Root Canal Therapy
When you suspect a tooth infection, it is important that you schedule an appointment right away. We perform a thorough oral exam, looking over your teeth for signs of damage and decay and looking over your gums for symptoms of an infection. We also take dental X-rays, which allow us to see the roots of your teeth and your jawbone, so we can determine root damage, bone loss, and the presence of any abscesses.
Treating a tooth infection requires a root canal. A root canal is performed under a local anesthetic, although sedation may also be provided for patients who are anxious. An access hole is drilled into the top of the tooth. Small tools are used to remove the pulp of the tooth and the nerve. We then shape the canals and disinfect the entire inside of the tooth. After the tooth has been cleaned, a special material is placed inside to seal the canals. The tooth is finally topped with a crown, which helps to provide protection from new infections and restores strength to the tooth so that it can function normally. With root canal therapy, we are able to eliminate a tooth infection, restoring the health of your mouth while preventing the need for a tooth extraction.
For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Our Dentist today at (413) 217-4455.
Mitesh G. Brahmbhatt, DMD
747 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA 01020
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