If you’re suffering from a severe toothache, you should contact our dentist in Englewood right away. Your tooth might be infected, and if it is, you probably require root canal therapy. Root canal therapy will relieve your pain and restore your tooth.
A severely infected tooth is often caused by an untreated cavity, or it could be the result of a crack or fissure in the tooth. Root canal therapy is designed to save and repair an infected tooth by removing the damaged tissue, cleaning up the region, and sealing the tooth with a crown to protect against future infection.
There are a number of symptoms that could indicate you need root canal therapy. The first sign of trouble will probably be a throbbing toothache that makes chewing painful. Sensitivity to hot or cold liquids is another common indicator of a serious infection.
An additional symptom of severe infection is when the tooth changes color, becoming grey or brown. If you notice swelling around the base of the tooth, it’s a sign of an abscess, which means the infection is growing. At this point, it could spread to your jawbone and other parts of your smile.
The hard, white outer layer of your tooth is called the enamel. The enamel protects the inner regions of the tooth from infection. Beneath the enamel, you’ll find the dentin. Dentin is yellowish in color and softer than the enamel.
Underneath the dentin is the innermost layer of your tooth, which is called the pulp. The pulp is made of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When a patient requires root canal therapy, it’s because harmful bacterial has penetrated all the way to the tooth’s pulp, causing an infection.
The first thing Dr. Stearns does during root canal therapy is numb the surgical site with novocaine. Then he places a sheet of latex called a dental dam around the tooth to isolate the surgical site. Next, Dr. Stearns makes a tiny hole to remove the damaged pulp.
Once the pulp has been removed and the tooth is cleaned out, we fill the area with a rubber-like material known as gutta percha. Then the tooth is restored using a beautiful dental crown that matches the rest of your teeth in shape, color, and size. This will seal the tooth, protecting it from future infection.