Having an infected tooth can be an ordeal. The pain is excruciating when your tooth starts to get infected. In order for one to understand the extent of the damage to your tooth, it is important that you know the structure of your tooth. A tooth has two parts – the crown and the root. The crown is the uppermost part, the part you see and the root is the one that keeps the tooth in position and reaches the bone in your jaw. The crown is coated with enamel and the material that forms most of the tooth is the dentine. It is the one that supports the enamel and is made up of soft material. On the other hand, the root is coated with a hard material known as cementum and the soft tissue found in the center of the tooth is called dental pulp.
When do you need a root canal treatment?
If your dental pulp is damaged by bacterial infection then your pulp will deteriorate and eventually die. It does not stop there, in fact, the spreading of bacteria will continue up to your root canal system. As the pulp dies, the symptom of pain in your tooth stops giving you the idea that your tooth has start to heal. Unfortunately, the infection would spread to your root canal system putting you at risk of other health conditions. Soon the symptoms would start again, only, this time, it involves swelling of the gum where the infected tooth is, the presence of pus in the infected tooth, swelling in the gums shows in swelling of your face, the tooth turns into dark color and of course the usual symptom of a toothache. Remember, your dental pulp cannot heal by itself so if you experience the symptoms above, it is best to see your dentist. Here is a visual about how a root canal is done.
Can an infected tooth be saved?
This is the most common question that dental patients ask. Well, the answer is yes through a root canal treatment. If the dental pulp as seen in your dental x-ray is damaged then it can still be saved. The practice of root canal is not complicated at all and it is not painful as the toothache you already have. You will be given a local anesthetic so you should be quite comfortable and a lot less pain. It is like having your tooth filled. The process includes removing the bacteria from your root canal and filling it after to seal it. The inflamed gums around the tooth will heal on their own. Just take extra care with your tooth while it is in its healing stage.