Saving Infected Teeth
Having a Root Canal
A root canal remains a dental procedure performed to save a tooth that is infected or is decaying. During the process of a root canal, the pulp and nerve of the tooth are removed. Then the inside of the tooth gets cleaned and sealed. If a root canal is not performed, abscesses and infections may occur in the tissue around the tooth. The process of a root canal happens in the center of a person’s tooth. The tooth doesn’t really need the nerve of its tooth and removing the tooth’s root will not change the way it functions.
Why Does a Person Need a Root Canal?
When a tooth’s pulp and a nerve is damaged, they begin to form bacteria in the area where the pulp lies. These bacteria can quickly turn into very painful abscess Some of the health issues that occur when tooth abscesses are present are:
- Swelling that spreads elsewhere in the head, face or neck.
- Bone loss in the area of the root.
How Does a Tooth’s Nerve Get Damaged?
The pulp and nerve of a tooth can get inflamed or infected due to:
- Tooth decay.
- Repeated dental procedures.
- Large fillings.
- Damage to the tooth.
- Trauma to the face.
What Occurs During a Root Canal?
The first step in having a root canal is for an X-ray to be taken. This x-ray will allow dental professionals to see the canals of the roots and look for infection in the nearby area. These infected areas will be anesthetized to ensure patient comfort. Your dentist will put a sheet of rubber around the tooth to keep it dry. Then a hole will be drilled into the tooth, after which any infected or diseased material will be cleaned out. Files clean out the root canals, and the area is flushed out to keep it clean.
After the root is cleaned out of the tooth, it gets sealed, or treated with medication, then sealed.