Root Canal Therapy in Waukesha
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If you are experiencing severe pain in your teeth, especially long after drinking hot or cold liquids, you may have more than normal tooth decay. A tooth is composed of a few layers, and one of these, an inner layer that is soft, pulpy and protects the roots and nerves, can become infected. If that happens, it can be a very painful condition that will not go away without help from a dentist or endodontist to perform root canal therapy.
Professional Care Root Canal in Waukesha
Root Canal Therapy in Waukesha, or RCT, is a dental surgical technique where a hole is made in the affected tooth to gain access to the infected pulp that lies underneath. At that point, depending on the nature of the infection, antibiotics may be applied to clear the infection. The pulp itself may be removed if the infection is too severe, or other techniques may be used.
It is important to get proper RCT from a professional once you have diagnosed with infected roots or pulp because, without treatment, this can lead to:
- An infected swelling that can spread to other parts of your mouth, face and head.
- Bone loss around the root area
- Infected fluids that can drain into the gums, spreading the infection further or even penetrate the cheek.
In every case, the outcome is the same; ignoring the problem will simply make it grow larger and potentially infect much more of your mouth, face and head. But, with a proper diagnosis of the problem, a few RCT techniques can be employed depending on the severity of the infection. Some of the procedures that can be employed are:
In the less serious cases, only a partial root canal, or pulpectomy needs to be performed. This is a two-step process. The first visit will give access to the pulp to administer antibiotics and ensure that the infection is eliminated in other parts of your mouth and confined to the pulp.
Once your mouth has recovered somewhat, the next step is to remove the infected pulp, then thoroughly clean, disinfect and fill the formerly infected canal.
In cases where an infection is more severe and goes beyond the root tip, a dentist may suggest an apicoectomy. The root tip, tissue and apical infection are treated, requiring a much larger area be opened in your tooth. Once the treatment has been completed, a biocompatible, rubbery, plant-based material known as Gutta Percha is used to fill in the space and seal the tooth from bacteria and possible reinfection.
Typically, root canals are recommended by a dentist after a thorough examination. However, if you haven’t visited a dentist for quite some time and are experiencing unusual amounts of pain in your tooth, infected pulp may be the problem. Call our team at Hillcrest Family Dental today for an accurate assessment and see if a root canal can treat your problem.