Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth is badly infected and an abscess is present, sometimes the only way to save it is through root canal therapy or RCT. Through the years, RCT has gotten a bad rap mainly due to a lack of understanding. It is really a general dental treatment that allows you to keep your natural tooth and avoid the issues that can crop up if the tooth were pulled.
When a cavity first appears on the tooth, it may not seem at all menacing. Once the decay eats through the enamel, it begins to attack the next layer which is the more vulnerable dentin. Decay spreads faster through this softer layer. At this point you may experience some discomfort when eating or drinking hot or cold substances. As the decay gets further in, the discomfort may begin to intensify. Left unchecked eventually it will attack the nerve center of the tooth which is called the pulp. You may feel pain when eating sweets or during chewing. As the nerve gets more infected and begins to die an abscess may form at the root of the tooth. Continued neglect can lead to swelling, severe pain, tissue damage including bone loss and eventual loss of the tooth.
Root Canals Are Not Painful - Infected Teeth Are Painful!
Whenever possible, it is always best to save a natural tooth. Root canal therapy can be a viable alternative to extraction in many situations. The pain that people attribute to RCT is actually caused by the condition of the tooth. RCT is the process by which the damaged nerve and contaminated tissue is removed from the inside of the tooth – the root canal. If there is an abscess present, it is drained and the canal is completely cleaned out and sterilized. A special filling material is placed in the canal to keep it clean and prevent anything from getting in it. Dr. Frederick will advise you on the next steps. Sometimes a tooth only needs to have a regular filling added. Extensive decay may call for a crown.
When it comes to your teeth, the natural tooth is a first choice whenever possible and RCT is used to save infected teeth from extraction. Rest assured that root canal therapy, like the other many dental treatments at Frederick Dental is carried out with skill, compassion and your comfort in mind. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Frederick.