Do you know what a root canal cavity is? It is the central cavity that our teeth house and is filled with the dental pulp. The pulp comprises the nerves and blood vessels that are responsible for the sensitivity of the teeth and nourishing it. A tooth may sometimes be on the verge of extraction when it develops a root canal infection, which is one of the most severe oral conditions. Root canal therapy is known to be the last resort treatment procedure to save a severely infected tooth from being removed.
What causes a root canal infection?
Plaque and tartar: The plaque and tartar adhered to the surface of the teeth can cause cavities by eroding the enamel. If the cavities are not treated at the right time, they can decay the tooth to such an extent that it will advance to the root canal cavity and cause severe infection.
External trauma: When you sustain an oral injury due to external trauma, you could end up with teeth that are cracked or fractured. This allows the microbes in the mouth to enter the root canal cavity if the tooth isn’t restored. The bacteria can start a root canal infection.
Gum diseases: Periodontitis is one of the most severe gum diseases that can upset your entire oral health. It results in the decay of gum tissues, which lead to receding of the gum line. Gradually, the microbes can make their way to the underlying tooth roots and the jawbone as well. This can potentially cause a root canal infection.
How do we treat a root canal infection?
The best and most preferred way of treating a root canal infection is by getting rid of the infected dental pulp. When you visit our dental practice, our dentists will diagnose your condition thoroughly to see if any other treatment method can help save the tooth. If not, you will be prepared for the root canal therapy.
The dentist will make a small hole on the tooth that is infected. Next, the infected pulp will be extracted with the help of thin dental files. While doing so, the dentist also scrubs the walls of the cavity to remove the adhered microbes. We use a jet of water to wash away the debris. Next, a small amount of antibacterial medication will be placed in the cavity to prevent reinfection. As the tooth would be weak after the procedure due to the lack of nourishment, it is best to get it restored using a porcelain dental crown.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (815) 744-7543 to have a consultation with Dr. Trushar, and we will be happy to help.