Ocean Springs Endodontics

Root canal therapy is used to save a tooth that has become infected. If a root canal is not performed on the tooth the infection will spread and cause the tooth to be lost.

Sources of infection

A tooth becomes infected when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the tooth, become exposed to bacteria. The pulp is exposed when the outer, hard layer of the tooth is damaged through decay or injury.

When the pulp becomes infected, the infection can spread into the soft tissues surrounding the root, causing an abscess. Left untreated, an abscess can grow and cause the tooth to be lost.

How root canal therapy saves teeth

Root canal therapy saves a tooth by removing the infected pulp and protecting the tooth from future infections.

In the root canal procedure, a small hole is drilled in the tooth and the pulp is surgically removed. Then we clean the inside of the tooth and seal it off to prevent future infection.

After the root canal, the tooth can be restored to its natural state with a filling, crown, or inlay.

Pain and post-operative care

The root canal procedure itself is done under a local anesthetic so it is painless. You may experience soreness in the area after your treatment.

After your therapy you should chew your food on the other side of your mouth from the area where the root canal was performed. We will also prescribe antibiotics to remove any remaining traces of the infection.

Symptoms of an infected tooth include sharp pain around the base of the tooth while you are chewing. If you suspect you might have an infection, call our office to book an examination.

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