If you’ve had an abscessed tooth or a large cavity, one of the likely suggestions that any dentist will give you is to have the tooth treated endodontically. That is, to have a root canal done.
But The Tooth Doesn’t Hurt
Why can’t you just treat the infection with antibiotics and have a filling placed inside of it? Well, the fact of the matter is that once the nerve of a tooth becomes infected, it dies. If it’s left inside of the tooth and sealed off with a filling, the dying nerve tissues will destroy the inner structures of the tooth. It may or may not also cause pain, recurrent abscesses, or total loss of the tooth.
It Will Make Your Tooth Last Longer
Instead, a root canal can save the tooth and preserve it for many more years. During an endodontic procedure, small files are used to clean the nerve chamber and remove any necrotic pulp tissue. Next, the chamber is cleansed and medicated, before finally being sealed off, preventing any new bacteria from seeping into the chamber and causing recurrent infection.
After The Root Canal
Once your tooth has been treated endodontically, it is no longer alive. Its enamel becomes more brittle and susceptible to wear. As such, a crown will need to be placed over the tooth. This restoration allows your tooth to continue functioning normally from day to day, without the risk of breaking down prematurely.
Symptoms to Look For
How can you know if you have an infected tooth? Some of the symptoms can include hypersensitivity, swelling, or pain to normal foods and drinks. At Cazes Family Dentistry, we can take a quick x-ray of your tooth and use Logicon caries mapping software to determine the extent of your tooth damage.
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