The root canal is a central cavity that every tooth houses. It is filled with nerves and blood vessels that are responsible for the sensitivity of the tooth and providing nourishment to it. When a tooth develops a cavity or an infection due to certain reasons, it could end up decaying the pulp of the tooth, causing a root canal infection.
The symptoms of a root canal infection include:
Early detection and treatment usually help to save a tooth that has been badly infected. Dr. Khalil Mjahed has treated several patients with a root canal infection in the past and helped them retain their tooth. We would screen your mouth to determine the severity of the infection and check how much it has spread. X-rays and scans may also be required to check for bone deterioration.
A small hole will be made on the infected tooth to gain access to the pulp. Dental files of different sizes will be used to extract the infected tissues and to scrub the walls of the cavity. A jet of water will be used to rinse out the cavity completely and to remove any remaining debris. Finally, the hole will be sealed off using a filling material after the dentist places a small amount of medication in the cavity to prevent re-infection.
Since the blood vessels are removed from the tooth, it wouldn’t have any nourishment, and hence, could easily fail. The tooth will be covered using a restoration, preferably a porcelain crown in order to prevent it from crumbling.