Essentially, root canals allow a patient to retain a tooth that may otherwise require extraction. Research shows that modern root canal procedures have a 95% success rate. Root canal treatment also eliminates the spread of infection, bacteria, and destruction of tissues inside and around the affected tooth.
Every tooth has a canal that holds dental pulp, tissue that contains a nerve that sustains the tooth’s life. When a tooth endures severe damage, like a fracture or harsh blow, the interior canal may be exposed to bacteria that causes infection. Infection inside a tooth will ultimately kill the tooth’s nerve. As pressure builds, pain can become intense. An acute toothache is often the primary symptom of internal tooth infection.
During a root canal procedure, Dr. Chin replaces the infected tissue, then cleans and seals the affected tooth, ultimately stopping the infection and reducing risk for abscess. Although the interior of the tooth is altered, the tooth remains functional.
Symptoms that May Indicate an Infected Tooth
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages long after your tooth made contact with them
- Noticeable darkening of a tooth
- Swelling of the gums or recurring sores around the gum line
- An acute toothache that does not subside
- Some patients in need of a root canal experience no noticeable symptoms.
Despite a root canal treatment’s bad reputation, most patients compare the experience to getting a filling. Root canal treatment can greatly lessen the likelihood of tooth loss or need for extraction. Detecting problems within the inner structures of a tooth reduces the risk for health problems and potentially expensive procedures, as well. Some root canals can be performed in one office visit.
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