Root canal therapy is a safe, modern dental treatment that removes bacteria from the inside of your tooth to stop the damage caused by infection. If you have been diagnosed with an abscessed tooth or suspect you might have one, root canal therapy is the recommended treatment.
Root Canal Treatment
Bacteria live in our mouths. They live on the surface of our teeth, our gums and tongue etc. But when bacteria get inside our teeth, they can cause a serious problem. When you suffer decay, or have a cracked tooth that allows bacteria to infect the interior of your tooth, the result can be dangerous. The abscessed or infected tooth becomes a breeding ground for more bacteria. The infection can spread to your jaw, your blood, and sometimes to the heart, which can be life-threatening.
There are many symptoms to look for that might indicate an infected tooth:
Persistent or recurring toothache
Temperature sensitivity that leads to lasting pain
A localized warm spot on your gums
Pus-filled blisters on your gums
Some people may need a root canal, but only have slight pain (so far) and don’t notice any of the other symptoms (yet).
How Root Canal Therapy Works
In root canal therapy, your dentist will remove bacteria and the infected nerve from the interior of your tooth and fills the tooth with inert material that supports it. Then the tooth is protected with a durable, cosmetic dental crown that covers its entire surface.
Root Canal Therapy hurt?
Does there is some discomfort associated with a root canal, but it is minor compared to the pain of an infected tooth. It also passes relatively quickly, and can be controlled with the use of over-the-counter or prescription medication.
Root canal therapy is actually a great treatment. It is about 95% successful in saving your tooth, which may last the rest of your life when protected by a crown and properly cared for. However, if you desire, you may ask to have the tooth extracted and replaced with a dental implant in many cases.