Root Canal Treatment for Extreme Tooth Infection
Not everyone will need root canal treatment, but given the prevalence of tooth decay (which affects over 90% of adults in the US), there’s a chance that you might one day. The good news is that many of the rumors surrounding the procedure are untrue and unfounded. It is a restorative measure that eliminates deep tooth infection, and therefore the discomfort associated with it.
The need for root canal treatment arises when a tooth’s inner chamber, known as the pulp, becomes infected by decay-causing oral bacteria. Cleaning the pulp and sealing the root canal connected to it can save the tooth and prevent the infection from spreading further.
What to Expect from Root Canal Treatment
- Because a deep tooth infection resides in the innermost structure of your tooth, root canal treatment requires gaining access to the tooth’s interior to remove it. Before doing so, Dr. Khan will anesthetize the tooth and surrounding area.
- After gaining access, Dr. Khan will carefully remove the infected tissues inside of the pulp chamber as well as any infection that has reached the root canal. The canal, which travels underneath your gums and into your jawbone, is then sealed to prevent bacteria from re-entering.
- Once the root canal is sealed, Dr. Khan will reinforce the tooth with a durable, composite resin tooth-colored filling. A dental crown is highly recommended after root canal therapy. Because the life-line of the tooth, the living tissue and blood supply, is removed the tooth becomes brittle. Teeth can withstand over a thousand pounds of force during regular function, with a proper composite build-up and crown restoration post-root canal therapy, we can literally “armor-up” the tooth to significantly increase the life expectancy of the tooth itself.