Root canals are implemented to destroy bacteria residing within the infected root canal of a tooth. During this procedure, we drill into the tooth, extract the infected material, disinfect the canal, and seal the canal shut to prevent more infection.
This procedure may be necessary if there is a large amount of infected tissue within or underneath the tooth.
Symptoms of an Infected Tooth
The first symptom to look out for when trying to find an infected tooth is pain. Infected teeth can be very painful, especially when you are eating or drinking. The next common symptom of an infected tooth cavity is swelling and redness in the gum area around the infected tooth.
Swollen and tender gums around the infected tooth is a common symptom of having an infected tooth. This should not be confused with irritation in the form of redness and bleeding of the gums. Redness and bleeding may point to the early stages of gum disease.
Other, more severe, symptoms of an infected tooth include pimple like pustules around the gum of the infected tooth. These pimples are indications of pus residing underneath the tooth. An infected tooth is also identifiable by discolored gums. If your gums give off a dark hue or look of deep purple, it is possible that the tooth nearest is infected and has started decaying.
How to Avoid a Root Canal
One way to avoid having a root canal is to keep an eye on any cavities that may be forming. Cavities start as tiny craters on the top of the teeth, but can grow until they pass through the tooth and infect the tissues underneath. However, basic dental hygiene is the best prevention for receiving a root canal. With brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting our office for a regular tooth cleaning once every six months, it is possible to avoid a root canal.
If you are interested in learning more about root canals or wish to schedule an appointment to see if you may be at risk, please give us a call.