Root canal infection occurs because of the entry of the oral bacteria into the root canal cavity. These microbes infect the dental pulp and decay the tissues present in it, leading to a very painful and uncomfortable oral issue. Although we at Bradley C. Jones, DDS Family Dentistry try to treat such teeth using medication and restorations, we may have to perform root canal therapy if other treatment methods do not yield the desired results.
How Does Root Canal Infection Occur?
The dental pulp is composed of the nerves and blood vessels responsible for sensation and providing nourishment to the teeth. Although the pulp is protected by the outer layers of enamel and dentin, an infection of the pulp could occur when the microbes reach the central root canal cavity. This might occur when you develop cavities and do not get them treated in time or when you sustain a broken or cracked tooth.
What Are the Symptoms of Root Canal Infection?
- Discharge of blood and pus from the gums near the infected tooth
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Pain and swelling
- Loosening of the infected tooth from the jawbone socket
- Jawbone deterioration
How Is Root Canal Therapy Performed?
At Bradley C. Jones, DDS Family Dentistry, root canal therapy is the last resort treatment method used to save a severely infected tooth from being extracted. Before opting for this treatment, we will consider the use of medication and ceramic restorations to restore the tooth. If the tooth is infected severely, we will have to perform root canal therapy.
We will administer local anesthesia before commencing to ensure you do not go through pain and discomfort. A small hole will be made in the tooth, which will be used to remove the infected pulp using dental files of varying sizes. While doing so, we will also scrub the walls of the cavity and shape them accordingly. A jet of water is used to wash away the removed microbial residues. A small amount of antibiotic medication will be placed in the cavity and the hole will be sealed off using tooth-colored filling material.
After the dental pulp is removed from the tooth, it could weaken over time. This could lead to cracking or fracturing of the tooth when you take a hard blow to the mouth or bite hard foods. Hence, we recommend getting the root canal-treated teeth restored using a ceramic crown after the therapy.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts at Bradley C. Jones, DDS Family Dentistry at Napa, CA to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (707) 224-6006 or reach out through online consultation and we’ll be happy to help.