Root Canal Infection
A root canal infection is an infection that
usually starts from the tooth that spreads down to the root and can get
into the bone underlying the root. It can spread into the jawbone and
may cause swelling and even the production of pus in the gums.
It can cause severe pain;
swelling may be evident on facial part near the infected area or even
the whole face.
There are cases where the patient is confused on
what tooth is infected as the pain seem to be coming from the whole
side of the area affected.
The infection can cause abscess that needs to be
medically drained before any sort of treatment can work.
A basic understanding of what root canal is and
how it functions can help you have a better grasp of what root canal
A tooth is composed of two parts; the exposed part
is called the "crown", the part that is embedded within the gums is
called the "root".
Each of our tooth has a central hollow area called
"pulp" or the pulp chamber. This area is where the blood vessels and
connective tissues of the tooth are contained. This part also connects
to the root tips via the root canals. The function of the root canals
is to carry nerves and blood vessels to the pulp chamber.
As you may already know, blood vessels supply the
pulp's needed nutrients. The nerve, on the other hand, carry signals to
The initial response of the body in case of a root
canal infection is to fight the bacterial infection by sending
antibodies and white blood cells in the infected area. However, during
the heat of a root canal infection, there's no enough space for both
the white blood cells and the antibodies in the root canal.
What Causes Root Canal Infection?
A root canal infection can be caused by many
factors but will mostly root from a damaged tooth. Knowing this, you
can say that it's easy to avoid root canal infections; all you have to
do is, maintain good
That's correct but if you're already suffering
from a root canal infection, the first thing to do is to go to a dentist.
A root canal infection is one of those situations that require
Antibiotics can be prescribed to treat the infection internally. Antibiotics that can kill the causing
You will also be advised to rinse your mouth witha
saline solution (salt water) each morning and evening.
Maintaining good oral hygiene even if you're still
suffering from pain is very advisable as it will help hasten the
elimination of the root canal infection.
Anti-inflammatory may also be prescribed to reduce
the inflammation and for pain relief.
An Orthograde root filling may also be done to
prevent additional infections.
If you suspect that you're suffering from a root
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