Also known as root canal therapy, endodontic treatment relieves pain caused when the pulp of a tooth becomes infected or inflamed. This is the soft tissue extending from the middle of the tooth down into the root canals. It contains blood and nerve endings and can cause a great deal of pain if infected.
Root canal infection can be very painful and lead to damage to the jaw bone if left untreated
In most cases, infection is caused by bacteria attacking the pulp through a deep cavity in the enamel and dentine. The pulp can also become inflamed due to a fracture or heavy blow to the tooth itself.
Infected tooth symptoms can include(varies from person to person):
- Sensitivity to hot and/or cold food and beverages
- Difficulty biting into food (throbbing sensation and/or severe pain)
- Swelling and tenderness to nearby gums
- Cracked or discoloured tooth appearance
- Halitosis (persistent bad breath) and/or bad taste in the mouth
- A persistent, recurring abscess (pimple/bubble) on your gum
Endodontics provides an opportunity to cure the infection inside the tooth’s pulp and stop the related pain, sensitivity and swelling. By undergoing treatment quickly, it is possible to save the affected tooth and retain its functionality and the beauty of your smile. As the pulp of the tooth is primarily used for nourishment of the tooth during growth, endodontic treatment in most cases has no affect on the long term appearance, durability and functionality of the tooth.
Contact our dental team as soon as possible if you are experiencing any signs of an infected tooth. In some cases, you may not have any symptoms. So it’s important to receive regular dental assessments to detect dangers and determine whether endodontic treatment is an option for you. It could be the difference between saving and losing your affected tooth.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.