A tooth infection can cause excruciating pain and swelling. To effectively treat infections and severe cases of tooth decay, Min Soo Han, DDS, performs root canals at SmileOne Dentistry in Upland, California. A root canal is a restorative treatment that eliminates infection and rebuilds the natural shape and size of your tooth. For more information on root canals, call SmileOne Dentistry or schedule an appointment online now.
Beneath the hard enamel and dentin of your teeth is a soft center called pulp. The pulp consists of soft tissue that contains connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels that are essential for the development of your teeth.
If severe tooth decay or infection reaches the pulp, it can destroy the inner canal and spread to your surrounding teeth. Without treatment, tooth infections can be extremely painful and dangerous for your teeth.
Fortunately, once your teeth fully mature, they no longer rely on the pulp because the tissues surrounding them provide nourishment. To save a tooth in danger of needing extraction due to infection or decay, your dentist can remove the damaged pulp.
This tooth-saving treatment is called a root canal because it cleans out the canals in your damaged tooth.
Infection or damage in your tooth pulp breaks down tissue and causes bacteria to spread within its chamber. Not only can this damage your tooth beyond repair, but it can also form a small pocket of pus called a tooth abscess.
Without treatment, a tooth abscess can cause:
In the past, dentists needed to remove severely decayed or infected teeth to prevent further damage. A root canal can help save your tooth if you’re in danger of losing it.
SmileOne Dentistry recommends considering a root canal if you have serious tooth decay, a cracked or broken tooth, pain when chewing, or very swollen gums.
Before your treatment, your SmileOne Dentistry provider may take a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan to get a better look at your root canals.
Your dentist then makes a small access hole in the infected tooth to locate the infection. SmileOne Dentistry uses the WaveOne® endodontic treatment system to precisely remove your infected tissue without disturbing the rest of the tooth.
Once your dentist removes your tooth pulp, the chamber is cleaned to make sure no leftover debris or bacteria remains. To rebuild the shape and size of the tooth’s root canal, it is filled with a special dental material called gutta-percha.
Finally, your dentist seals the access hole and places a filling to protect your tooth against further infection. If necessary, a protective crown can be fitted for added protection.
With early intervention, a root canal can save your damaged tooth. Call SmileOne Dentistry or schedule an appointment online to learn more.