There are few things more painful than an infected tooth. When tooth decay advances to the point of infecting the nerves in the pulp, serious complications can develop. In addition to the swelling and pain from an infection, when left untreated, it could lead to blood poisoning and, in extreme cases, death.
Pain and discomfort alone can cause a patient to request the removal of the infected tooth. However, an extraction is not always the best option. A variety of problems can crop up when a tooth is missing. Whenever possible, it is usually best to save the natural tooth. Root canal therapy is a time-tested general dentistry procedure that eliminates pain and preserves the tooth.
The procedure involves removing the infected nerve, cleaning out and disinfecting the root canal. Once all infectious material has been removed and the infection is under control, the canal is filled and sealed off to prevent bacteria from entering the area. The remaining part of the cavity is then filled with an appropriate filling material.
Root Canal Therapy Offers Pain Relief for Infected Teeth!
There is a myth that root canal therapy is painful, when in fact, it is the infection and swelling that causes pain and discomfort. The tooth becomes ultra-sensitive as decay attacks the nerve. Necrotic tissue becomes infected and produces swelling, which further impacts the dying nerves.
Without intervention, acids produced from the interaction of the bacteria and body’s defense system begin to dissolve the bone in the area. There is also the chance that infection may enter the bloodstream, causing more serious health problems.
With root canal intervention, the tooth can be saved. Antibiotics may be required to treat and eliminate the infection. Swelling is usually reduced within a few days. The pain is relieved after the nerves are removed, although there may be some soreness from the swelling.
Do not ignore the pain of an infected tooth. If you experience tooth pain and/or have swelling, contact Engineered Smiles right away. We will schedule an emergency appointment to begin treating the condition right away. Relief for your infected tooth is just a phone call away.