What is Root Canal Infection I woke up one morning to a nagging toothache. When the pain was toomuch to bear I tried to self-examine my teeth but I couldn’t find much. I had a general body weakness and I could feel swelling in my gum with the tip of my tongue. The location of the swelling was my lower gum on the left back. Probably the one supporting my left molar teeth. I tried some pain relief medicines but I couldn’t cope with the days routine. I had to pay a visit to our family dental care. They do general dentistry and provide affordable dental care. I had done a lot of work in selecting them as my family dentists and I will do anything to keep them. The unique characteristics they have in delivering impeccable services include the treatment of most dental problems like gum disease, tooth decay, mouth sores, tooth erosion, tooth sensitivity, toothaches and dental emergencies. they also provide additional dental services like cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening. All are an affordable dental solution and they are open round the clock. On getting to my dentist, he treated my case without delay as a dental emergency. He had me checked and told me I had a root canal infection. I didn’t understand but he explained everything to me in detail and in plain words. Read on to discover what I learnt from him. What is root canal infection? Firstly, the root canal is the inner tooth that is situated between the pulp and the tooth roots. Root canals have blood vessels that deliver nutrients to your teeth and nerves keeping them alive and healthy. When the root canal is infected, it becomes swollen and painful. What causes root canal infection? Root canal infection is caused by several reasons. The penetration of bacteria into the pulp is general to all the causes. Dental decay, cracked or damaged a tooth, avulsed tooth, displaced tooth, abnormal tooth anatomy and repeated dental treatment procedures are common causes of root canal infection. Associated symptoms When you have root canal infection, you will start to feel like you are ill, you will experience pain, you may have a fever, there will be swelling and tenderness of the gum. The pain can be so severe that you won't be able to sleep at night and cannot be easily eliminated or suppressed by painkillers. The swelling can pronounce and can last for days, even months. You will have a foul breath if pus is coming out from the infected tooth. You can also develop a fever. Selfdiagnosis of root canal infection is discouraged. It should only be done by your dentist. Diagnosis and treatment Diagnosis is performed using a combination of tools such as x-rays, gum boil identification, tooth discolouration, tooth tapping, thermal and electrical testing and selective anaesthesia. The aim of treatment is to save your tooth and eliminate pain and infection. A root canal dentist performs root canal therapy wherebythe nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
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