A root canal therapy is a dental procedure used to treat a badly infected tooth and prevent its failure. Every tooth contains a root canal cavity, which houses the nerves and blood vessels which are responsible for its nourishment and sensation. But when it gets infected, the tooth faces a danger of becoming too weak and ultimately being extracted.
At Gila Ridge dental, we try our best to save your natural teeth and give you the best smile possible. We have a qualified team of dental specialists such as Drs. Thor G. Thorson, Stephen S. Garner, and Jason R. Boeskin who handle patients in the most comfortable way and make sure their expectations are met.
What are the causes of a root canal infection?
Severe cavities that have advanced to the root canal and infected the dental pulp
External damage to the tooth that causes it to crack, thereby letting the microbes in the mouth come in contact with the pulp.
Sometimes, gum diseases such as periodontitis can not only infect the gums, but the teeth as well. When left untreated for a long time, it can cause severe inflammation to the pulp.
What are its symptoms?
- Severe pain in the tooth and surrounding gums, especially while biting or chewing food and brushing the teeth.
- Release of pus from the tooth and gums. Sometimes, bleeding may also occur.
- The gums may swell up and feel sore. In certain cases, numbness is also experienced.
- The infected tooth shows elevated sensitivity to hot, cold and spicy foods.
- The tooth may loosen from its socket if treatment is not given in the early stages.
Since a root canal therapy is the last treatment procedure that dentists prefer before a tooth fails, other options would be considered prior to it. After careful examination, medication may be prescribed and the tooth will be treated accordingly. But if the treatment doesn’t reduce the extent of the infection, a root canal therapy would be recommended.
Local anesthesia would be administered before beginning the surgery. When the tooth and the gums become numb, a small hole will be made on the tooth to gain access to the root canal cavity. The infected pulp will be gently extracted and the walls of the cavity will be scrubbed using files of varying sizes. This is done to remove the microbes that have adhered to the walls. A jet of water will be used to rinse the cavity and remove the debris.
A small amount of medication will be placed in the tooth before sealing it off with a suitable filling material. This prevents the re-infection of the tooth. Since the pulp will be removed, the tooth will not receive the necessary nourishment, making it weak. Hence, a dental crown may be placed on it to provide the necessary support and prevent its failure.
Call us at (928) 317-1900 or schedule an online appointment to get your root canal infection treated by the best dentists in the Yuma, AZ region.