The root canal cavity contains the dental pulp - a combination of blood vessels and nerves. They provide nourishment and sensation to the teeth and are often considered their most important component. The pulp can sometimes get infected when the microbes in the mouth enter the root canal cavity, leading to a condition called a root canal infection.
What are its symptoms?
- Severe decay of the underlying dental pulp
- The infected tooth may turn dull
- The gums near the tooth may bleed or discharge pus
- The underlying jawbone can deteriorate if the condition is left untreated for a long time
- The tooth may loosen from its socket
- Severe pain and soreness when you bite and chew food, brush your teeth, etc.
What causes a root canal infection?
Although the enamel is the hardest part of our bodies, it can erode when the microbes in the mouth release toxic and acidic substances. This often occurs when the tartar deposits develop on the teeth, and the microbes in them release toxins when they feed on the food debris left in the mouth. They decay the teeth to cause cavities, which can eventually grow wider and deeper to result in a root canal infection. In some instances, external trauma to the teeth, gum diseases, and other oral infections can also lead to this condition.
How is the condition treated?
When you visit our dental practice for the initial consultation, our dentist will thoroughly screen the mouth to understand the severity of the infection. We will initially consider dental fillings or other ceramic restorations to restore the tooth to its ideal state. But, if the tooth is beyond any restoration, we will have to perform root canal therapy.
In this treatment method, we will administer local anesthesia near the infected tooth to keep you from experiencing pain and discomfort. A rubber dam will be placed on the teeth to isolate the infected one. We will make a small hole in the tooth to extract the decayed pulp using dental files. Once the decay is removed, the walls of the cavity will be scrubbed and disinfected, and shaped accordingly. We will place the antibiotic medication in it before sealing off the hole with a suitable filling material.
After a few days of healing, a follow-up consultation will be scheduled. During this, we will place a custom-fabricated dental crown on the tooth to keep it from sustaining damage and to keep it intact.
Please reach us by scheduling an online consultation or calling us at (801) 274-3889, and we’ll guide you further.