Infections inside your tooth are a serious matter. As the pulp becomes inflamed, you are often faced with severe tooth pain. Abscesses can form at the root of the tooth. Bacteria can infiltrate the bloodstream, which can then lead to health issues such as heart disease and stroke. At National Dental Hicksville, we can treat the infections in your teeth with a root canal.
Why Do You Need a Root Canal?
Root canals are designed to remove an infection from the inside of your tooth, eliminating the need for an extraction. Infections start as a result of bacteria getting inside. This can happen in a variety of ways. You may have cracks or chips that extend into the dentin, which houses the hollow canals that lead to the root of your tooth. Untreated cavities can penetrate through the enamel into the dentin. Bacteria can also get in underneath the gum line. Once inside the tooth, the bacteria multiply, and irritate the pulp, causing it to become inflamed. The bacteria continue to multiply. Because they have nowhere to go, they spill out of the root. Your body forms a sac, called an abscess, around them in an attempt to contain them. The longer you go without treatment, the larger the abscess grows. There is a risk that the abscess can burst, spilling bacteria into your bloodstream. The only way to eliminate the infection is with a root canal.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
There are several symptoms that point to an infection in your tooth. An abscess is the biggest indicator. Other symptoms of an infection include:
- Severe pain that starts when you chew and lingers long after you have finished eating.
- Tooth sensitivity that lingers after the irritant (heat, cold, spice, salt) has disappeared.
- Swelling in the face.
- Loss of bone in the jaw.
How an Infection is Diagnosed
An oral exam is the only way to diagnose an infection in your tooth. We visually inspect your teeth and gums, looking for signs of damage, decay or other issues that can facilitate bacteria getting inside. Then, we take digital images, which allow us to see below the gum line. We will be able to see an abscess in the tooth, as well as any bone loss that you may have experienced. If we find an infection, we will formulate your customized treatment plan, using the images we have taken, to provide you with the best possible outcome.
Rotary Endodontic Treatment at National Dental
At National Dental, we perform your root canal using rotary endodontics. Before we get started, we administer a local anesthetic, which will ensure that you feel no discomfort throughout the procedure. We then drill a small hole into the top of your tooth. Using small, specialized tools, we remove the infected pulp. A nickel-titanium tipped rotary tool is used to shape the canals. Nickel-titanium is up to 5 times more flexible than the traditional stainless-steel manual files that were once used. This helps to lower the risk of damage to the interior of the tooth and speeds up the procedure. We then clean and disinfect the interior of your tooth and fill it. Finally, it is capped with a crown for strength and protection.
A root canal eliminates the infection in your tooth and prevents the need for an extraction. If you suspect an infection, contact National Dental Hicksville right away at (516) 629-5086.