Root Canal Therapy
Nerve damage in your tooth is a serious issue that requires expedient treatment; some symptoms include a toothache that worsens at night and teeth that are sensitive to hot or cold. Inside a tooth is a pulp chamber, filled with pulp, and this nerve space can become a breeding place for bacteria because it is so isolated from the body’s defense mechanisms. At best, if infected, your body will be able to ward off the infection caused by the bacteria within the tooth, but at worst the infection will cause pain and swelling, incapacitating your defense mechanisms. If you ignore these symptoms, a large abscess will appear and jaw bone destruction, sinus infection, airway constriction, and many other consequences might follow.
A root canal procedure treats this nerve damage in two parts: first the bacteria, nerve tissue, and toxins are removed from the pulp chamber, and then the tooth interior is sealed and filled. This second part of treatment is vital to ensuring that bacteria does not repopulate the pulp chamber.