What causes root canal infection?
Microbes in the mouth attach to the teeth and tooth roots in the form of plaque and tartar deposits. Over time, they feed on the food residues in the mouth and release harmful acidic substances, which erode the enamel to cause cavities and infect the soft gum tissues. The cavities can grow deeper if left untreated, eventually reaching the root canal cavity and infecting the dental pulp. This causes a root canal infection. Some of the other causes are gum diseases, damaged teeth left untreated for a long while, etc.
What are its symptoms?
- Severe pain in the infected tooth
- Discharge of pus and bleeding gums near the site of infection
- Severe discoloration of the infected tooth
- Loosening of the tooth from its socket
- Bone deterioration
How is the condition treated?
Our dentist will consider all possible treatment options before carrying out root canal therapy. But, if the tooth is severely decayed and no means of restoration would prove helpful, we will go ahead and perform the procedure. Since the treatment can be painful, we will administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth and all other surrounding tissues.
A small hole will be made in the tooth, and thin dental files will be inserted into it to remove the infected pulp, one after the other. The infected tissues will be removed completely, and the cavity will be cleaned using a jet of water. Once it is perfectly disinfected, we will place a small amount of medication in it and seal off the hole using filling material. The dentist may suggest antibiotics to ensure the tooth doesn’t develop reinfection.
The tooth would lose its nourishment when the dental pulp is removed from it, which can make it weaker by the day. It is advisable to get the tooth restored using a ceramic crown a few days after the root canal therapy. This ensures it doesn’t get damaged when you bite or chew food.
Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Alvarez by calling us at (210) 396-7667 or reaching us through an online query, and we’ll be happy to guide you further.