Infected Root Canal
Root canal is performed on a person to treat his
infected teeth which might cause further infection when not treated
properly. Unlike previous practices where in it is of utmost priority
to take the tooth out of the patient’s mouth, root canal allows a tooth
that is already damaged to be treated and to stay in the mouth
afterwards. It usually requires at least two or more visits to the
dentist since there will be follow-ups to be done after the treatment.
Understanding root canal as a treatment also means
knowing the cause that results to infected root canal. Most of the
time, a root canal infection occurs when a person neglects his oral
hygiene responsibility causing infected root canal which may further
damage tooth has been saved by a root canal from tooth decay. There are
even cases where in there are root canal complications
caused by repeated dental procedures or even unsuccessful fillings made
to a person.
Root canal is the cavity located at the center of
every tooth. Once infected, the nerves in this area die causing too
much pain, swelling or even a tooth-hole formation. The bacteria will
continue to multiply if not treated accordingly.
Given these, a root canal procedure is needed when
a person is already suffering from too much pain caused by the infected
tooth. In some cases, the person even becomes more sensitive to changes
in temperature both in extreme hot or cold conditions. The teeth may
also darken because of the bacteria while the gums may continue to
swell as long as it is not treated.
This root canal procedure has the goal of saving
the tooth by treating the infected part through its removal and
treating the remaining parts through filling the root canals with a
material called “gutta percha”. As such, the dentist has the
responsibility to take out the infected area and apply anti-bacterial
cement on the infected tooth to avoid any further damage to it. This
will enable the tooth of the patient to function again as normal.
Having a root canal treatment is advisable because
if extraction of the tooth is done; an individual may experience
misalignment of teeth causing them to drift apart because of the space
caused by the extracted tooth. This also gives the advantage of
eliminating the need for other treatments like implants or bridges to
fill the gap in your teeth. Better to be ready and remedy this problem
before letting the bacteria spread to other parts of your body which
means even greater problem for you.
Additionally, with the current developments in
technology, state-of-the-art equipments are now available to make the
procedure much faster and more painless. Currently, success rate for
people who undergo root canal treatment already reach about 95% and
with the reliability of technology, there should be almost negligible
problems to be expected for a lifetime. However, in some cases where in
the condition may be that serious, the root canal treatment may still
need to be repeated.
Even though, this may be an attractive option,
still most patients are being advised to check the procedures
beforehand and have a prior knowledge not only on the root canal itself
but also in the reputation of the dentist who is going to perform the
procedure. The expertise of the dentist will primarily determine the
success of the procedure. Being a delicate treatment, a dentist whom
you can trust and has a good track record will assure you of positive
Root canal procedure may cost $400 to $600 for
teeth that are in front while it will be $500 to $800 for molar teeth.
Still, this is subjective to the case of the patient and the dentist’s
In order to avoid infected root canal and to
prevent further damage, good hygiene and oral practices are needed to
be done by a person on a daily basis. Regular dentist
visits, daily brushing and flossing will certainly make a
As you can see, root canal treated tooth may be
damaged much the same way regular teeth are; this is where you suffer
pain from an infected root canal. Caring for such to avoid infection
shouldn't have much difference as well.
If you have any more questions about an infected root canal feel free to contact us or submit your concern for an online dental consultation here.
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