When a tooth is infected deep in the root, a traditional filling won’t be enough to get rid of the infection. A small cavity that only affects the surface of the tooth can be treated with a basic filling, but if a cavity goes too deep, it can reach the nerves that are located in the root of the tooth and cause a serious infection.
Even though the outside of the tooth has a hard enamel, the inside part of the tooth is made up of soft tissue where the nerves are located. When this portion of the tooth becomes infected, it can cause swelling, pain, and damage to the surrounding teeth and gums. The best way to eliminate the infection is to drill into the center of the tooth and remove the soft tissue. This process saves the structure of the tooth even though the nerves have been removed.
Before the treatment starts, we use a local anesthetic to ensure that you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. Eliminating the pain allows you to relax in the dental chair without feeling the discomfort when the dentist reaches the nerves in the tooth.
The roots of the tooth need to be cleaned to remove the infected pulp and any bacteria that is present. After the infection has been removed, the next step is to dry the inner surface of the tooth and apply a sealing material to prevent problems in the future.
The nerves and blood supply can be removed from the tooth without the need to extract the tooth from the mouth, but it is common for the tooth to become brittle over time. Additionally, the tooth is often weakened due to the areas that were removed for the root canal. So, it is common for a root canal treatment to be paired with the placement of a crown to support the overall structure of the tooth.
Just because you have a toothache or abscess, doesn’t mean that it is necessary to have a root canal. A dentist can help you assess your symptoms to determine the right treatment for your tooth. The best thing that you can do is schedule a consultation with an experienced dentist so that you can receive professional recommendations.
If you are interested in learning more, then our team at Dental Group of Bloomingdale is here to answer your questions. Call today to schedule an appointment!
Dr. Burnett grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico spending most of his time outdoors or playing sports.
Dr. Gromov is graduate of University of Pennsylvania Perio-Prosthesis Program.
Dr. Reznikov grew up in the suburbs of Chicago.