Root Canals

Root canals are not a procedure you should delay for any reason. After all, the alternative of an extraction or a traveling infection is not likely to be the preference. Root canals rescue teeth that are affected by diseased pulp tissue located inside your tooth. There are a few reasons why a root canal may be the call to action for you, including:

  • Untreated dental cavities in which bacteria seeps into the nerve or pulp
  • Tooth fracture that enters the pulp
  • Facial/dental trauma
  • Old tooth restorations, such as dental crowns that have underlying bacteria

Once a tooth is infected, the dental pulp begins to die and the body’s inflammatory responses begin to take charge. All of which may lead to the tooth dying without root canal treatment. The combination of infection and inflammation may be very painful.

Prior to a root canal procedure, you may see your dentist for tooth pain where you can be treated with anti-pain medication and antibiotics for a few days before the root canal procedure. During the root canal procedure, the diseased pulp is removed, the surrounding area is cleaned and the roots are filled with thin naturally occurring rubber called gutta percha to prevent pain and recurring infections.

The Alternative

Tooth extraction is usually the only alternative when dental infections arise. However, it is wise to keep as much healthy tooth structure as possible throughout your lifetime. In short, nothing is better than the durability of your own teeth. If your tooth must be extracted, you may have the option of a dental implant or dental bridge. It is vital to replace missing teeth to prevent tooth movement, difficulty chewing, and a host of other issues. If left untreated, dental infections can travel into your bloodstream, posing life threatening risks and potentially requiring hospitalization.