Millions of teeth are saved each year through root canal treatment. Inside the tooth, beneath the hard outer layer, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. A root canal infection occurs when the pulp gets infected. As the infection progresses, bacteria keep multiplying inside the tooth, causing pain and sensitivity. An abscess or pimple-like dot may appear on the gum near the tooth. In advanced stages, this can affect the bone near the tooth, causing tooth loss and jawbone deterioration.
Symptoms of a Root Canal Infection
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
- Spontaneous throbbing or pain in the tooth while chewing or biting
- An injury or decay which creates an abscess in the bone
This treatment can restore the health of the tooth and help you get rid of the pain and sensitivity caused by the infection. The procedure is performed after administering local anesthesia. An access hole is made in the tooth to get to the pulp chamber, and the infected and dead nerves are removed using small dental instruments. Once the tooth is clean, it is filled with an inert filling material, and a crown may be placed over it to reduce the risk of fracture.
If you are experiencing symptoms of an infected pulp, please do not delay contacting the office of Regency Family Dental for an appointment. You can call us at (203) 405-0985. We are conveniently located at 1 Strawberry Hill Court, Suite L1, Stamford, CT 06902.