A root canal infection is one of the most severe oral conditions. It can have a severe negative effect on your oral health by putting the tooth at risk of getting extracted and infecting the adjoining teeth as well. Though we consider every possible treatment method to treat a badly infected tooth, we may have to resort to a root canal therapy if the infection is severe.
What causes a root canal infection?
The adhered plaque and tartar deposits on the teeth are the main cause of a root canal infection. Tartar is filled with thousands of microscopic bacteria, which release toxic substances when they feed on the food debris left in the mouth. This causes cavities, which gradually grow deeper if left untreated and unrestored. When the cavity reaches the root canal cavity, the microbes could enter and infect the dental pulp, thus causing a root canal infection.
What are the symptoms?
- Severe pain and sensitivity near the infected tooth
- Pain, redness, and bleeding of gums near the tooth
- Discharge of pus from the gum line
- Loosening of the tooth from its socket
- Jawbone deterioration
- The tooth may appear discolored
How is root canal therapy performed?
When we initially diagnose you, we will determine the condition’s severity and decide whether or not a root canal therapy would be necessary. While preparing you for the treatment, the teeth will be cleaned thoroughly, and a rubber sheath will be placed on them to isolate the infected tooth. A tiny hole will be made on the tooth, and the infected pulp will be extracted using dental files. The root canal cavity will be cleaned by scrubbing its walls and washing off the debris using a jet of water. Antibiotic medication will be placed in the cavity, and the hole will be closed using filling material.
As the dental pulp comprising the blood vessels and nerves are removed, the tooth could become weak. It may break or crack easily when you bite or chew food or sustain oral trauma. Hence, it is best to restore it using a dental crown, which keeps the tooth intact and safe from damage.
If you have a severely damaged tooth, our dentist, Dr. Jason Cowden, may recommend that you get root canal therapy. If it is recommended that you get this treatment, our team at Cowden Family Dental will make sure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. Call our office at 505-867-3999 if you have any questions about this service. We perform these comfortable root canal treatments in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, at our state-of-the-art dental office.