Root Canal Therapy: The Hero Treatment
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is a type of dental procedure used to treat infections of the pulp.
The pulp is an internal piece within the canal of your tooth root that can become infected and fill with pus. Once infected, the pulp can cause severe pain and discomfort, as well as posing a health risk to the surrounding teeth and gums.
To carry out a root canal, the patient must undergo sedation while our dental team removes the outer layer of the tooth. Once removed, a long and thin instrument is inserted into the root canal to remove the infected nerves, tissue, and other matter. Then, a solid material is inserted into the pulp to prevent further infection, and a new crown is placed over the top of the tooth.
How do Root Canals Become Infected?
The pulp of the root canal can become infected in a variety of ways, including:
- Severe and untreated cavities
- Damage or trauma to the tooth and gums
- Spreading of other infections, such as untreated cysts or abscesses
When is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?
Root canal therapy is almost always necessary once the pulp has become infected. If left untreated, not only can you potentially lose the infected tooth, but the infection may also spread to the surrounding area. This can result in an even more severe and costly condition.
The key to preventing infected root canals from becoming too severe is to recognize the symptoms and seek immediate treatment. Symptoms include:
- Mild to severe pain or discomfort around a specific tooth
- Bad breath or “fuzz” on the tongue – this indicates infection
- Inflammation and swelling of the gums
Smile Crafters is always accepting new patients in Clermont and the surrounding areas. To learn more about root canal therapy or any of our other services, give our team a call to schedule your appointment today!