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Root Canal Therapy

On the surface, your teeth seem very simple. All you see is the hard, mineralized exterior. However, protected by the exterior of your teeth is a complex inner layer filled with hollow tubes known as canals, and soft tissue or pulp. This pulp houses both blood vessels as well as nerves. While the enamel does a good job of protecting the inner layer of the teeth, bacteria can sometimes get in. When bacteria enter the tooth, it can lead to a painful infection that can cause serious oral, and overall, health issues. At Prosthodontic Dental Group, we can remove the infection inside of your tooth with root canal therapy.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is a treatment that is performed to remove an infection inside of your tooth, effectively restoring the health of your mouth. It is performed to save the natural tooth, preventing the need for an extraction. To remove the infection, the pulp and the nerve of the tooth must be taken out. To protect the tooth after the procedure is complete, a crown is placed. Not only does the crown protect against new bacteria, but it also provides the tooth with additional strength.

Why might a root canal be necessary?

Root canal therapy becomes necessary when bacteria enter the inner layer of a tooth. These bacteria can get inside using a chip, crack, cavity, or gum disease. Inside of the tooth, the bacteria take up residence in the hollow canals. They continue to multiply and attack the pulp, irritating it and causing it to become inflamed. When this happens, you may experience severe pain. The longer the issue goes untreated, the worse the infection becomes.

Signs You Need a Root Canal

There are several signs that can point toward an infection inside your tooth:
•  Severe tooth pain.
•  Swelling of the face near the affected tooth.
•  Lingering pain and sensitivity in the tooth, even after the irritant is gone.
•  Loss of bone mass in the jaw.
•  Dental abscesses. A dental abscess is one of the most obvious signs of an infection. An abscess typically occurs when the infection spills out into the jawbone through the root of the tooth. It forms to contain the bacteria. The longer it goes untreated, the larger it becomes. It may even burst, which can then allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Once there, the bacteria can easily spread throughout the body, contributing to serious health issues such as diabetes and heart disease.

Diagnosing and Treating a Tooth Infection

Diagram of a tooth and its root canals at dentist office in Sacramento, CA.Before performing root canal therapy, a thorough exam must be done to diagnose the infection. The exam includes a visual inspection, where we inspect your teeth for signs of damage and your mouth for signs of infection. We will also take x-rays, which enable us to see the areas under your gums. We can check for signs of damage to the teeth, bone loss, and abscesses. If we do find an infection, we will then move forward and formulate a treatment plan.

Root canal therapy is done under local anesthetic. If you are nervous, we can also provide sedation. A small hole is drilled into the top of the affected tooth. Using small, specialized tools, we remove the pulp and nerve. Next, we shape the canals and clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth. The tooth is filled with a special material and finally capped with a dental crown.

If you are experiencing tooth pain, it may be telling you there is an infection, and this infection needs to be treated as soon as possible. Call Prosthodontic Dental Group today to schedule your consultation.
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