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Root Canal Therapy

When the pulp of a tooth becomes infected or dies, root canal therapy is necessary to save the tooth. It is generally comfortable treatment that can save your tooth and keep your mouth healthy.

Symptoms of infection

Symptoms of infectionYou may realize that you have an infected tooth when-

  • the tooth is sensitive to hot or cold.
  • the tooth hurts when biting or applying pressure.
  • there is throbbing, severe tooth pain.
  • the area is swollen.
  • you have a bad taste in your mouth.

  • You may also be unaware of the problem because there are no symptoms at all.


    Causes of infection

    The pulp becomes infected when bacteria invade the inner layers of the tooth. The tooth pulp is a soft tissue made up of nerves and blood vessels. It is contained in the pulp chamber that extends from the middle of the tooth down through the tooth roots.

    Infection occurs most commonly through a deep cavity that allows bacteria through the enamel and dentin layers and into the pulp. Sometimes the pulp simply dies due to a fracture or a blow to the tooth.

    Endodontic abscess

    An endodontic abscess forms at the root tip

    An endodontic abscess is pocket of pus that forms in the jawbone at the tip of the root.

    An endodontic abscess is painful and can lead to much more serious conditions, but with prompt treatment, we can help you maintain a healthy mouth and body.

    Symptoms of an endodontic abscess

    You may realize that you have an endodontic abscess when:

  • the tooth hurts when you tap or bite on it.
  • you have a bad taste in your mouth.
  • you experience pain or swelling.

  • It is also possible that you can have an endodontic abscess and experience no symptoms at all.

    The causes of an endodontic abscess

    The causes of an endodontic abscessAn endodontic abscess is caused by an infection of the pulp layer of the tooth. It becomes infected when bacteria, which are always present in the mouth, invade the pulp through deep cavities, a fractured or broken tooth, or an injury to the tooth. In some cases, there is no apparent reason.

    The infection can then spread from the pulp chamber, down the root canals, through the tip of the root, and into the jawbone, where the pus builds up and creates a hole in the bone. This is the abscess.

    The abscess creates pressure inside the bone and on the ligaments surrounding the tooth, and this can cause excruciating pain. Sometimes, the abscess drains near the infected tooth, forming a gumball.

    Diagnosis and treatment

    Diagnosis and treatmentIt is important to treat an endodontic abscess because if left untreated, the abscess can damage the adjacent soft tissue, lead to bone loss, be a continuing source of infection that drags down your immune system, and even be life threatening.


    To find an endodontic abscess, we perform a thorough examination, including x-rays. On the x-ray above, you can see a dark at the root tip, which indicates an endodontic abscess. We may also use an electric pulp tester to determine whether the pulp is inflamed or infected.

    An infected tooth will never heal on its own, so we remove the infection with root canal therapy, which allows the abscess to heal. Occasionally, however, the infection continues to grow after treatment. In that case, we may retreat the tooth with root canal therapy or use a minor surgical procedure to stop the infection and restore the health of your tooth.

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    Diagnosis and treatment

    Diagnosis and treatmentTo determine if your tooth has an infected pulp, we do a thorough examination. The exam often includes x-rays and sometimes includes checking the health of the pulp with a pulp tester.

    We may also apply heat or cold, tap lightly on the tooth to see if it is sensitive, look for changes in the tooth’s color, or press gently on the gums next to the tooth to check for pain.

    If we determine that you have an infected tooth, we talk with you about root canal therapy to remove the infection and save the tooth. It is important to treat an infected tooth in order to prevent the infection from traveling through the root tips and causing a painful abscess in the jawbone.

    Pulpitis

    When a tooth is injured

    Any time the pulp of a tooth has been injured or irritated, there is a possibility that it may become swollen and painful. This inflammation is called pulpitis. Treating the condition will relieve discomfort and restore the health of your mouth.

    Symptoms of infection

    You may realize that you have an inflamed tooth when-

  • the tooth is sensitive to hot or cold, or pressure.
  • the tooth hurts with biting.
  • there is throbbing, severe tooth pain.
  • the area is swollen.
  • the tooth is loose.
  • you have a bad taste in your mouth.

  • You may also be unaware of the problem because there are no symptoms at all.

    Cause of Pulpitis

    Cause of PulpitisThe tooth pulp is a soft tissue made up of nerves and blood vessels. It is contained in the pulp chamber that extends from the middle of the tooth down through the tooth roots.

    The pulp can become inflamed for a number of reasons. Occasionally, placing a filling, crown, or other restoration close to the pulp can cause inflammation. Other times, the pulp may become inflamed due to an injury. In both these cases, the pulp may calm down on its own, but sometimes it can die or become infected.

    The pulp also can become infected when tooth decay destroys the outer layers of the tooth and allows bacteria to invade the pulp layer. Sometimes the condition occurs for no apparent reason.

    Diagnosis and treatment

    Diagnosis and treatmentTo determine if your tooth has inflamed pulp, we do a thorough examination. The exam often includes x-rays and sometimes includes checking the health of the pulp with a pulp tester. We may also apply heat or cold, tap lightly on the tooth to see if it is sensitive, look for changes in the tooth’s color, or press gently on the gums next to the tooth to check for pain.

    If the pulp is mildly inflamed, we may recommend treatments to ease any discomfort and help the tooth heal.

    If the pulp cannot heal itself or is infected, we recommend root canal therapy to remove the infection and save the tooth.

     

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