Root Canal Treatment
Similar to other parts of your body, a tooth relies on a limited blood supply to maintain its health. Unfortunately, factors such as decay, trauma, or cracks can compromise or eliminate this blood supply, putting the tooth’s well-being at risk. When the blood supply is compromised, the tooth becomes vulnerable to infection, leading to discomfort. Typically, this discomfort arises when consuming hot substances or biting down. If left untreated, the pain can intensify and may be accompanied by swelling around the affected tooth.
When a tooth experiences internal infection and causes pain, there are three possible treatment choices available.
The first and most preferable option is to undergo endodontic treatment or root canal treatment for the affected tooth. This procedure involves numbing the tooth and creating a small opening on its biting surface. Through this opening, the infection is carefully eliminated using a cleansing solution, and the tooth is sealed and protected with a crown.
The second option is to have the problematic tooth extracted. This approach removes the infection and resolves the pain, but it results in a missing tooth. This may have implications for your self-confidence as well as your ability to speak and chew comfortably.
The third option involves not pursuing any treatment, which is strongly discouraged. If left untreated, the pain and swelling are likely to worsen and can potentially pose a risk to your health. While antibiotics may temporarily alleviate swelling and pain, they do not address the underlying issue, and the pain will quickly return.