A root canal is a procedure to remove infected pulp from a tooth’s root and nerve. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains blood vessels, nerves, and other connective tissues. When it becomes infected or inflamed due to decay or injury, it can cause severe pain. This procedure is necessary when the nerve of a tooth becomes infected or damaged due to decay or injury. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the surrounding tissues and cause further problems.
During a root canal at Wayne T. Yee, DDS, the diseased tissue is removed, and the insides of the tooth are cleaned and disinfected before being filled and sealed. Once the infection has been removed, the tooth is capped with a dental crown to protect it from further damage.
One of the most common symptoms of a root canal is severe and persistent tooth pain. The pain may be sharp or throbbing, often more intense when biting the affected tooth. The pain may also radiate to the jaw, ear, or temple on the same side of the face as the affected tooth.
Individuals needing a root canal may experience heightened sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. Drinking hot or cold beverages, eating ice cream, or even breathing in cold air may trigger sharp pain or discomfort in the affected tooth.
Infections inside the tooth can spread to the surrounding tissues, leading to swelling and tenderness around the affected tooth. The gum may appear swollen and feel tender to the touch.
An infected tooth may become loose or feel like it is shifting from its original position. This may result from the breakdown of supporting structures due to the infection.
One of the primary benefits of a root canal treatment is pain relief. When the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected or inflamed due to deep decay, cracks, or trauma, it can cause intense toothaches. A root canal removes the infected pulp, relieving the pain and discomfort associated with the condition.
Preserving your natural teeth is always the preferred option whenever possible. Root canals allow for preserving a severely damaged or infected tooth, preventing extraction. Keeping your natural teeth maintains proper chewing function, speech, and aesthetics.
A root canal treatment eliminates the infection and seals off the canals, preventing the spread of bacteria to other teeth or surrounding tissues. By preserving the affected tooth, a root canal improves oral health and overall well-being.
Root canals improve oral health, aesthetics, and overall well-being by preserving your natural teeth. If you have a severely damaged or infected tooth, contact Wayne T. Yee, DDS, at 3125 Coffee Rd # 1, Modesto, CA 95355, or call (209) 529-2726.