Benefits of Root Canals (Endodontics)
When a patient has an abscessed tooth, a root canal or endodontic, is sometimes the recommended option to relieve the pain from infection. Often resulting from tooth decay, when a tooth becomes abscessed, a painful infection has taken hold either in the root or between the gum and tooth. A root canal removes any diseased tissue in the root after the infection has been treated to prevent further problems. This allows the actual tooth to be saved and can be protected with a crown if damaged.
Why Abscessed Teeth are Painful
When a tooth becomes abscessed, the pulp inside can become uncovered or injured. Fissures, decay or even deep fillings can also expose these vital and sensitive tissues. Without the protection of the tooth enamel, when liquids pass over the tooth from a drink or even normal saliva, it can feel very painful. An infection in the root could eventually damage the pulp enough where surgery is needed to remove the bad tissue and relieve the pain.
How a Root Canal Can Save an Infected Tooth
A root canal clears out any damaged tissue and bacteria from inside the infected tooth so the threat of future infection is removed. Special tools are used that are specifically for the purpose of cleaning out diseased tissue from the root. These tools fit right into the spaces in and around the tooth so the entire area is thoroughly cleaned.
Next, water is flushed through the area to sterilize it and from there a special filling is used to seal the root’s canals. To ensure the root canal was completed correctly, digital radiography is used to check the work.
EMA Dental offers root canals for most situations and their staff is available for complementary consultations for patients in the Amherst area who need a solution for abscessed tooth pain. For more difficult situations such as when a root is curved, there are multiple roots or the root canals themselves are blocked, an endodontic specialist is recommended.
If an endodontist is needed, EMA Dental can provide the final restoration work for the tooth to ensure its protected and any damage on the outside of the tooth is repaired, such as with a crown.