An infected tooth has two options for treatment. Either the infected pulp needs to be removed, or the tooth will need to be extracted. Receiving a root canal will help you preserve that tooth and move forward with a healed smile. If you have dental anxiety, try not to think of your root canal as a negative entity. After your endodontic therapy, you’re going to feel better, and your tooth has a great chance at a future. If the infection were allowed to persist, you’d be facing greater pain and an extraction down the road. Root canals heal teeth and help patients.
Root canal therapy is similar to receiving a standard filling for a cavity. The root canal simply goes deeper into the tooth, as opposed to removing decay from its surface. When a tooth is infected, the interior pulp becomes a problem. Removing that pulp gives the patient a fresh start. The tooth is then filled and sealed to prevent future infection.
Pulp infection or inflammation stems from a variety of causes:
Leaving these issues untreated could lead to greater pain, an abscess, and the need for tooth extraction. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, visit your dentist to uncover the cause and take action.
The area around the treated tooth will be swollen and tender after your root canal. This will fade in the first few days of healing. Treat your tooth with care and be sure to brush and floss regularly. If you’re ever uncertain about how you should care for your tooth, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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