The root canal cavity is present at the center of every tooth and houses the pulp. The pulp is composed of blood vessels that nourish the tooth and nerves that are responsible for the sensation of the tooth. But, when the pulp develops an infection, it can put the entire tooth at risk of being extracted, known as a root canal infection.
What causes root canal infection?
External trauma: When the teeth crack or chip when you sustain an external injury, there are chances for the tooth to develop root canal infection.
Cavities: The major cause of root canal infection is tooth decay.
Gum diseases: Gingivitis and periodontitis are two of the most prominent gum diseases. They can upset one's oral health to a massive extent and even lead to root canal infection if not treated at the right time.
How can root canal infections be treated?
During the initial appointment, the dentist will carefully screen the teeth and take x-rays of the mouth, which will help in analyzing the structure of the jawbone and note the extent of the decay within the root canal cavity. Next, the dentist will prepare your tooth for the treatment procedure. The teeth will be cleaned and disinfected to remove microbes from around the infected tooth.
In order to keep you from pain and discomfort during the procedure, local anesthesia will be given to the gums. A small access hole will be made on the infected tooth using high-precision dental instruments. The dentist uses thin dental files to remove the infected pulp from the root canal. Also, the walls of the cavity will be scrubbed to remove the adhered microbes. They will be washed off using a jet of water.
After the root canal therapy, the tooth tends to become weak due to a lack of nutrition. Due to this, it could crumble under high forces while biting or chewing food. Hence, we suggest restoring the tooth using a dental crown, which ensures your tooth is kept intact.
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