If the pulp in your tooth becomes inflamed from tooth decay or injury, it might be in trouble. If this inflammation is minor, we might be able to reverse it. If the inflammation is acute, the pulp may die. If the pulp is infected at the root, you will know it because it will be painful. But the pain is a good thing because it alerts you to get it treated asap. The infection in an abscessed tooth can spread into the jaw, your sinuses, and the brain if it is left unchecked. So please don’t ignore pain when it comes to your teeth.
Our goal is to save your natural teeth so that you can keep them as long as possible. This not only benefits you functionally but aesthetically as well. Keeping your smile intact means your smile stays natural, so you can still eat all your favorite foods, unlike having food restrictions imposed after having certain dental restorations to replace missing teeth. In addition, your natural teeth keep your bone material in place, which means you don’t end up with a sunken facial profile as bone structure is lost from missing teeth.
When it comes to saving a tooth from requiring extraction, root canal therapy has long been used as a common method of saving a tooth ravaged by decay and is close to dying. When we perform a root canal, you will have had an X-ray to see the shape of the root canals and check for infection in the nearby bone. You will receive a local anesthetic and a dam will be placed in the area surrounding the tooth to keep it clean and dry while we work. Then we can access the pulp by creating an entry hole in the tooth and removing the diseased/infected areas, sterilizing it to protect against future microbial invasion and sealing it with a temporary filling over the hollowed-out roots. You will need to see your dentist for a crown or other restoration to restore the tooth’s function. Every 6-12 months the tooth should be looked to make sure it is healing properly. An abscess might take up to two years to heal completely.
An extraction is something we try to avoid since it can affect your jaw structure, cause infections to easily grow, cost you money over time to upkeep, and damage nerves. To avoid this, get in contact with our team today if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment to see if you qualify for root canal treatment.