A root canal treatment is performed if you have an infection in the core of your tooth. Common symptoms include sore and swollen gums, toothache, pain when eating or drinking, and facial swelling.
Despite common concerns a root canal treatment is not painful, and a timely treatment can save a tooth that might otherwise have to be removed completely. At any of the Malo Smile dental offices we will perform the procedure, using local anesthetic. After the root canal treatment we will monitor the tooth to ensure the infection does not return.
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
If you are suffering from any of the following , it could be sign of an infected pulp:
Sore and swollen gums
Pain when eating or drinking.
This infection cannot be treated by antibiotics so it is recommended that you visit your local Malo Smile USA dental office for an accurate diagnosis of your problem.
The root canal refers to the space at the core of your tooth that holds the pulp. This dental pulp consists of blood vessels and nerves and can become infected if your tooth is damaged by an injury, or if an oral hygiene problem like gum disease, tooth decay or problems with fillings has damaged the protective outer coatings of your tooth.
In many cases, the solution could be root canal treatment. Despite common concerns, the procedure isn’t painful, and a timely treatment can save a tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted completely.
Once the pulp has become infected, it can spread to the root canal and cause considerable pain. Left unchecked, this could then form pus-filled abscesses inside the tooth or in the supporting structure between the tooth and gum. This infection may kill the nerve inside the tooth or spread into your jawbone. In such cases, the tooth will need to be removed and you may need an implant, denture or bridge in its place.
Having the problematic tissue removed with a root canal procedure is often the most effective way to stop the infection. While it can be worrying to hear that a nerve is being removed, the function of the tooth will not be affected by the removal of a nerve.