Saving Your Teeth With Root Canals by a Qualified Dentist
If you have a diseased tooth, no longer is it necessary to pull it out in order to get rid of the infection. With new dental technology we can remove the infection of the tooth through a procedure called a root canal, which is proven safe and effective for use by family dentists all over. This is done in order to save the tooth and keep your natural smile in place as long as possible.
How It Works
Each tooth contains a nerve and a pulp. The nerve is made up of the tissue that formed the tooth originally, but has no function after the tooth has been in the mouth for a while. When there is a deep cavity or crack in the tooth, it’s easier for bacteria to get inside. If it’s not treated quickly, infection builds up right in the jawbone, forming something called an abscess. This causes the tissue of the pulp to die, and may result in swelling and pain for the patient. If the infection is not treated, the tooth may have to eventually be extracted.
Root canals are a valuable alternative to tooth extractions when bacteria enters the inside of the tooth. The root canal can be completed in three steps.
- First, the diseased pulp is removed from the tooth
- Second, the tooth’s root canal and pulp chamber are thoroughly cleaned and sealed
- Finally, a crown may be placed over the infected tooth in order to strengthen what is left
After a root canal, brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and keeping your regular cleanings and exams are essential to protecting what is left of the tooth. This allows the surrounding tissue to nourish the previously infected tooth to ensure that it lasts throughout your life.
The Arlington Dental Team Difference
If you have a tooth that is painful that you fear may be infected, call us today to schedule an appointment at our dentist office at 703-524-0288.