Horsham, PA Root Canals

Unless a tooth is subjected to sudden trauma that exposes the nerve, such as a blow to the mouth, the process involved in causing damage to the nerve is usually a long one. In most instances, a tooth will need root canal therapy (RCT) due to infection related to dental decay. Decay begins on the surface of the tooth and slowly makes its way through the outer and inner layers until it reaches the nerve. Once the nerve is involved, options are limited to root canal therapy or extraction. When possible, saving the natural tooth is the most desirable choice.

When the nerve of the root has been attacked by decay, it begins to die. Bacteria cause an infection which often develops into the formation of an abscess at the root of the tooth. Stopping the infection and removing infected tissue from the tooth is critical. Root canal therapy cleans out the tooth and seals off the canal to protect it from further damage. In some cases where the infection is very severe, antibiotics may be prescribed to get the infection under control before RCT can be performed.

Root Canals Offer Pain Relief for Infected Teeth!

The pain caused by an infected tooth can be debilitating. The tooth becomes sensitive to temperature changes as well as touch. The throbbing, gnawing pain is unlike any other you may experience; however, relief comes when the nerve is removed.

Special instruments are used to extract the dying nerve from the tooth. The area is then thoroughly cleansed, sterilized and packed with a special material that protects the canal from further bacterial invasion. Next, a filling material is placed in the remainder of the tooth. A crown may be placed on the tooth to add strength and protection from the pressure caused by biting or chewing.

If you are experiencing the pain of an infected tooth, do not disregard the importance of having the situation remedied as soon as possible. Neglect could seriously impact your general health. Ambler Dental Care is here to help restore your oral health. Contact Ambler Dental Care today and make an appointment to eliminate the infection and relieve your discomfort.

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