March 2, 2016
You wake up in the middle of the night with an excruciating toothache. You take an over-the-counter pain medication, apply an ice pack and try to go back to sleep. But the pain keeps you awake. By the morning, you’ll do anything to get rid of the pain. Actually, doing anything will not work; what you need is a root canal. More than likely there is infection deep inside your tooth and short of extracting the tooth, only a root canal is the solution. Fortunately, Dr. Tom Pastor at Tyngtown Dental is experienced and skilled at performing root canal Wilton, ME, can rely on to preserve a tooth and restore oral health.
How did my tooth become infected?
Infection enters a tooth in one of two ways: as a result of traumatic injury or severe tooth decay. Normally, the interior of a tooth, which consists of the pulp chamber and the attached root canals, is not exposed to the bacteria in your mouth that can cause infection. This area is well protected by each tooth’s enamel and dentin layers. However, if a tooth has a penetrating crack or deep decay, then bacteria can reach the chamber and canals.
As the infection grows, the contents of the pulp chamber—blood vessels, nerve and lymph tissues—decompose and the tooth begins to die. The ensuing inflammation is what causes the terrible pain. Other symptoms of an infected tooth include:
- Swelling on the side of your face
- Ear pain
- A sore that resembles a pimple on the gum tissue near your tooth
Tooth infection should never be taken lightly. From this, an abscess can develop or the bacterial infection may spread and even become life threatening.
What happens during root canal?
When Dr. Pastor performs a root canal, the pulp chamber and attached root canals are cleared of tissue, infection and any debris. Fortunately, a tooth can function perfectly well without the blood, nerve and lymph tissues that normally live in the pulp of a tooth. Once cleaned, the chamber and canals are disinfected and the void is filled with a biocompatible substance called gutta-percha. The chamber is sealed, so re-infection is not possible. Once Dr. Pastor is certain that the root canal is successful, you’ll return to our Wilton dental practice to have a dental crown placed over the tooth.
For Root Canal, Wilton Calls Tyngtown Dental
If you or a loved one is having a toothache, don’t wait. Call the office of Dr. Tom Pastor for root canal therapy Wilton residents are confident about.
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