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Root Canal Therapy

Our natural teeth are meant to last us forever. However, sometimes despite our most devoted efforts to maintain optimal oral health cavities, decay and/or dental injury happen. If left untreated deep cavities, fractures, or other injuries can lead to an infection of the soft tissue of the tooth – also referred to as the pulp. The pulp is made up of a network of nerve endings and blood vessels that, when infected, can cause severe pain. Once the pulp of the tooth becomes infected, it becomes necessary to perform root canal therapy in an effort to save the tooth.

If an infection makes its way to the pulp of the tooth and is not treated, the infection may spread to the surrounding bone and tissue of the tooth, ultimately resulting in tooth loss or even worse an infection of the blood stream. For this reason, it is imperative that you understand the symptoms associated with a pulp infection of the tooth.

Symptoms of a Pulp Infection

Since an infection of the pulp could lead to tooth loss or worse bone loss, it is important that you understand that symptoms that are associated with a pulp infection.

Contact your dentist immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms:
•  Pain while chewing or eating
•  A chronic bitter taste in the mouth
•  Fever or chills
•  Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages
•  An uneasy or generally ill feeling
•  Chronic bad breath
•  Swelling of the gum tissue surrounding a tooth that is causing you discomfort
•  Swollen neck glands

What Is a root canal?

Root canal therapy is the treatment method used in a last attempt to save a tooth before it will need to be extracted. There is a common misconception surrounding the root canal procedure that says that root canal therapy is extremely painful. This is merely a stigma that is far from correct. In fact, root canal therapy is meant to relieve the pain from an infected tooth, not cause it.

The process of a root canal is actually rather straightforward. It involves opening, cleaning, sterilizing, filling and sealing the affected tooth. If you suspect that you may have an infected tooth Dr. Burton will perform an x-ray to confirm where the decay and infection is located. If he has determined that you do in fact have an infected tooth you can expect the following to occur during your root canal therapy:
•  Anesthesia: Before your root canal therapy Dr. Burton will numb the site of infection with a local anesthesia.
•  Pulpectomy: Once numbed, the infected tooth will be opened and the damaged pulp removed. Once Dr. Burton is confident that all of the infection has been removed, he will proceed to clean and disinfect the site of infection.
•  Filling: After cleaning and disinfecting the tooth will be filled and then sealed with cement.

After your root canal therapy, it is critical that you follow Dr. Burton’s recovery instructions to prevent further infection or complications.

Contact our office today if you are showing symptoms of a potential pulp infection.




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