When bacteria enter the inner portion of your teeth, the result is an infection. This infection has severe consequences. Not only are you faced with pain, but the bacteria can also spill into your bloodstream and contribute to serious health issues such as heart problems, stroke, and diabetes. The only way to rid a tooth of infection is with a root canal, and National Dental East Meadow can help.
THE IMPORTANCE OF A ROOT CANAL
A root canal is designed to remove an infection from the inside of a tooth. However, how do bacteria get inside a tooth in the first place? There are a few different ways in which this can happen. A chip or crack in your tooth that exposes the dentin layer leaves it susceptible. A cavity that has expanded into the dentin can also allow bacteria to enter. It can also enter as a result of gum disease. Once inside the tooth, the bacteria irritate the pulp within, causing it to become inflamed. As the infection continues to grow, it can spill out through the root of the tooth. An abscess forms in an attempt to contain the bacteria. If the abscess bursts, bacteria can then enter the bloodstream. No matter how bacteria gets into your tooth, only a root canal can get them out.
SIGNS YOU MAY HAVE AN INFECTION
A dental abscess is one of the most obvious signs of an infected tooth. Other symptoms of an infection include:
- Pain that is brought on by chewing and lingers long after you are finished eating.
- Sensitivity that lingers after an irritant (hot, cold, spicy, etc.) is removed.
- Facial swelling.
- Bone loss in your jaw.
HOW IS AN INFECTION DIAGNOSED?
Before you can be treated for an infection in your tooth, you must first be diagnosed. The only way to do this is through a thorough dental exam. We start with a visual inspection of the inside of your mouth. We also take digital images, which will show us what is happening under your gums. It will allow us to spot an abscess or take note of any bone loss in your jaw. If an infection is indeed diagnosed, your images are used to create your customized treatment plan.
YOUR ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
At National Dental, we use rotary endodontics to perform your root canal procedure. After a local anesthetic is administered, we drill into the top of your tooth. With specialized tools, we remove the infected pulp and nerves inside. With the help of an electric rotary tool that has a nickel titanium tip, we clean and shape the canals within your teeth. The nickel titanium is up to 5 times more flexible than the traditional stainless-steel manual file that has been used in the past. The interior of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. It is filled, and the tooth is finally capped with a crown. The crown helps to provide strength to your tooth while protecting it from a new infection.
With a root canal treatment, the need for a tooth extraction is eliminated. If you suspect an infection in your tooth, contact National Dental East Meadow today at (516) 962-2292 to schedule your consultation.