Good oral hygiene is imperative to maintaining healthy, beautiful teeth. Unfortunately, tooth decay is still a problem that many of us face. When left untreated, tooth decay can lead to infection and tooth loss. Root canal therapy is one common treatment designed to remove disease tissue from a damaged tooth. At Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr.'s Knoxville cosmetic dentistry practice, you will find the latest, most aesthetically pleasing treatments for your dental needs.
What Is a Root Canal Procedure?
The root canal refers to the cavity in the center of the tooth. The root canal holds the nerve and pulp of the tooth. Dental decay can cause the nerve and pulp tissue to become infected. Once infected, root canal treatment is necessary to save the tooth from further decay. Untreated infected nerve and pulp can cause further decay, infection, and may result in an abscess.
Why Receive Root Canal Treatment?
It is very painful when the pulp and nerve tissue of the tooth become infected, and, more importantly, you run the risk of losing your tooth. Another complication is the development of an abscess. If left untreated, the infection of the nerve and pulp can spread to the surrounding gum tissue to create a pus-filled pocket around the ends of the tooth root. Such pockets are referred to as abscesses. The pus of an abscess can end up draining into the gums or cheek and is very painful. Infection of the tissue in the root canal can result in facial swelling or swelling of the neck. Bone loss may even result as the infection spreads to the bone around the tooth root. Ultimately, without root canal therapy, the tooth will continue to weaken through decay and fall out, or become so damaged it will need to be extracted.
Preventing Root Canal Infections
The most effective way to prevent root canal treatment is taking steps to prevent tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by plaque and tartar buildup. Brushing at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed, along with flossing are of utmost importance in reducing plaque and tartar. Seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups is vital, as well. There are other known causes for root canal treatment. These are:
- Trauma: Trauma to the nerve and pulp of the tooth can irritate tissue and cause inflammation. Trauma may be caused by injury to the face, repeated dental procedures, or large fillings.
- Fractures: Fractures, cracks, or chips damage the protective layer of the tooth, the enamel, and allow bacteria access to the inner structures of the teeth.
Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr.
Preserving your teeth is not just a matter of aesthetics but also of health. For our patients in Knoxville, dental crowns offer a perfect solution to adding strength, restoring the look, and preventing further damage to the teeth. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to personalizing a treatment plan just for you.