Root Canal, An Effective Tooth Infection Treatment
Oral infections are painful and can cause untold damage to your gums and teeth. If you delay treatment, the infection can spread into the pulp of your tooth, destroying the blood vessels and nerves. Without the flow of blood, your tooth can die and require extraction. Through root canal treatment, Dr. Bingham-Lester can stop the infection, end your pain and restore your tooth to save it from extraction. You can learn more about root canal therapy and its pain management techniques at Bingham-Lester Dentistry in Crofton, Maryland.
Root Canals For an Infected Tooth
Root canals are used to stop oral infections that have spread to the pulp of your tooth – the area that contains the blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves. Damage to your tooth’s pulp can only be repaired with root canal treatment. The procedure entails removing the inflamed pulp and cleansing and disinfecting the pulp chamber and canals of infection. Once these areas have been cleansed, Dr. Bingham-Lester will seal your tooth with gutta-percha material to protect it from infection in the future. Lastly, we’ll cover your weakened tooth with a dental crown to fortify its structure. Crowns provide an extra layer of protection against infection and restore your tooth’s usefulness.
Importance of Treating Oral Infections Quickly
Oral infections may start small, but they can escalate quickly, putting you at risk of losing your tooth. Pain is a prominent symptom of an infected tooth, accompanied by:
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Painful chewing
- Swollen, tender gums
- Jaw pain
An untreated oral infection will not stop on its own. It will only worsen with time, threatening the life of your tooth. It can even spread to nearby healthy teeth, putting them at risk. Once the infection has caused irreparable damage to a tooth, there’s no recourse but extraction. Root canal treatment is the best way to save a severely infected tooth.