A root canal infection can cause pain and endanger your oral health. Left untreated, your tooth will eventually need to be extracted. While root canal treatment has an intimidating reputation, Dr. Todd Martin uses advanced technology and gentle techniques for a more comfortable experience at our Murfreesboro, TN, practice.
At Bluegrass Dental, we provide state-of-the-art dental care and welcoming service. We are proud to offer leading care that protects your oral health.
What Is a Root Canal Infection?
This occurs when bacteria reach the inner tissue of a tooth, also known as the dental pulp. The infection is typically preceded by gingivitis or periodontal disease. Once the root canal is infected, the infection can spread through the tooth to the nerves, bones, and surrounding tissues.
It is important to attend your bi-annual check-ups so your doctor can monitor your oral health and address any issues at the earliest possible stages.
Seeking treatment for a root canal infection is critical to protecting your oral health. Without timely treatment, the supportive tissues surrounding your tooth will become affected, resulting in your tooth becoming loose and eventually falling out.
While some patients may not experience any symptoms, common signs of a root canal infection include:
- Abnormal sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Tooth discoloration
- Gum swelling
- Fistula or pimple-like growth on the gums
- Experiencing pain when chewing
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible. Regardless of whether you suspect an infection, it is important to attend your bi-annual check-ups so your doctor can monitor your oral health and address any issues at the earliest possible stages. Repairing a small fracture or removing plaque can prevent the need for more extensive treatment further down the road.
Extraction & Tooth Replacement
While root canal treatment is often successful, if the infection is too severe, we may need to extract your tooth to prevent further damage to your oral health. If your tooth is removed, we highly recommend that you consider replacing it with an implant-supported crown. Dental implants can provide many long-term benefits and reliable tooth replacement.
During a root canal procedure, your doctor will remove the infected pulp inside your tooth, fill the root canal with gutta percha, and then seal off the tooth with a crown.
The Root Canal Procedure
With the use of the latest tools and techniques, many of our patients do not experience any more discomfort than they would with a routine filling. Prior to treatment, the doctor will apply a local anesthetic to numb the teeth and gums.
To begin, an access point is created through the top of the tooth. Through this, your doctor will then remove the tissue from the pulp chamber and root canals and disinfect the area. Often this step can be performed using a laser for gentler care. Your tooth will then be filled with a rubber-like substance, known as gutta-percha, and sealed shut.
We will typically provide a temporary crown for you to wear until your finalized restoration is fabricated. Once your customized dental crown is bonded to your tooth, you can expect it to function naturally.
Your Health is Our Priority
If you are experiencing pain and sensitivity or have not undergone a cleaning and exam recently, contact us online or call us at (615) 896-4860 to schedule a consultation. Our doctors can help you maintain your oral health with personalized, effective treatment.