Infection and Root Canal Treatment

Tooth Abscess

-An abscess is a pocket of pus that forms at the root of the tooth due to a bacterial infection. If left untreated, the abscess can possibly spread to other areas, causing severe consequences to your overall health.

-The infection usually originates from the inner pulp of the tooth, and can be caused by tooth decay and dental trauma. As the infection spreads, your body forms a sac around it to attempt to contain it, which creates pressure and painful sensations.

-Signs and symptoms that you have an abscess can include a consistent throbbing toothache, fever, swelling of the face, gums, or jaw, foul smelling breath, and pain when chewing. You may also experience a foul taste in your mouth if the abscess is draining pus.

-An abscess will not heal on its own and if left untreated, the infection can spread to the jaw bone and other parts of the head and neck. If allowed to expand, it can also weaken the jaw as it begins to resorb and replace bony tissue.

-Abscesses are very serious so it is critical to work closely with Dr Dyras or Hutcheson to treat it as early as possible to minimize the potential for harm.

Root Canal Treatment

-A root canal is needed when the nerve of a tooth has become damaged by injury or infected by decay. In situations where the crown of the tooth is heavily damaged or decayed, this may include rebuilding the tooth with a post and a crown to restore it to optimal appearance and function.

-For the first step of this procedure, Dr Dyras or Hutcheson numbs the area around your tooth, removes any decayed tooth material, and creates a channel to access the root's interior. Dr Dyras or Hutcheson will then remove the infected nerve tissue from the root, and flush and clean the area.

-Next, the root is filled with a special sealing material, and a supporting post or posts are placed inside the tooth. The tooth interior is then built up with composite, which is bonded and hardened using a special curing light.

-With the tooth built up and cured, Dr Dyras or Hutcheson will finish preparing the tooth for the crown. An impression is taken of the prepared tooth and sent to a dental laboratory. A temporary crown is put in place while the final version is being crafted.

-At a subsequent appointment, Dr Dyras or Hutcheson will remove the temporary crown and replace it with the final restoration. Once completed, your tooth is now restored to optimal shape and function.

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