The inside of your teeth is normally protected by the hard enamel exterior, but when there is damage to that exterior, bacteria can enter and cause a serious infection. Root canal treatment involves removing the infected interior and saving the tooth from extraction.
The material inside a tooth is known as the pulp. The pulp is made up of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues. A large cavity or a severe oral injury can leave an opening for bacteria to access the pulp and cause a painful infection. If the condition is not treated in time, a tooth extraction may be necessary to prevent the infection from spreading to the jawbone.
The symptoms of an infected tooth are hard to miss. Some of the most common signs of a root canal infection include:
During a root canal treatment, the infected pulp is removed from inside the tooth and replaced with filling material. To start, we will take X-rays to determine the extent of the infection. We will then place a rubber sheet around the tooth to keep the tooth dry and prevent the infection from spreading during the procedure. We then begin treatment. We enter the tooth from the top and clean out any bacteria and decay. We will then use an antimicrobial liquid to flush out the root canals. A medicated filling will be used to provide the tooth with structure and support. Finally, a dental crown is placed on the tooth to prevent future damage.
Despite its reputation, root canal treatment is not a painful procedure. With the use of local anesthesia, you probably won’t feel much at all! If you have any concerns, be sure to let us know.
If you believe you have a root canal infection, contact our dental team in Katy as soon as possible so we can provide treatment. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (281) 398-4132.