Root canal treatment also known as endodontic treatment has a bad rap for being painful, however this does not have to be the case.
When a tooth becomes infected or badly decayed a root canal is necessary. The infected tissue starts to swell from the antibodies and white blood cells that have traveled to the infected tooth to help fight the infection. The tissue starts to deteriorate causing the tooth to abscess because there is nowhere for the swollen tissue to go. This chronic infection affects the tooth and its surrounding tissues.
Root canal treatment procedure
Dr. Peck completes 98% of his root canal procedures in house and refers only the most difficult cases to an endodontic specialist. During treatment the nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed and the infection and inside of the tooth are thoroughly cleaned, removing all the necrotic tissue. The tooth is then filled with a special sealer to prevent the tooth from another infection. Due to this treatment the tooth becomes weakened because there is no more blood supply to the tooth, therefore Dr. Peck will most likely recommend a porcelain crown to protect the tooth structure from breakage.
During root canal treatment a local anesthetic will most likely be used to make you comfortable. If one has discomfort following the procedure, Ibuprofen is commonly used to help reduce the swelling. We want you to feel comfortable for this procedure so if you have any concerns regarding treatment please talk to our staff to ease any anxiety or concerns you may have.
We want this to be a pleasant experience and do not want you to be uncomfortable. Do not hesitate to call our office if you are having any pain or discomfort following your treatment.
Signs and symptoms of an infected tooth
- Swelling surrounding the tooth which can spread to the face, neck, or head
- Bone loss around the infected tooth
- An abscess can form a pimple at the base of the tooth and drain into the oral cavity, when this happens some patients have no pain
- Tooth can be sensitive to hot and cold, aches on its own, or difficult to chew on
- The tooth can start to darken in color