How a Tooth’s Root Can Become Infected & How We’ll Treat It!
Just like plant roots, tooth roots are vital to keeping your teeth strong and healthy. But just as plant roots can become infected, so too can tooth roots!
A root infection occurs when infection elsewhere on your tooth has spread, but don’t panic if you experience an infected root! We’ll explain just how a tooth’s root can become infected (and how you can avoid it) along with treatment options that can restore your oral health.
What Is a Root Infection?
An infected root is usually caused by an abscess, or a pus-filled pocket on or near the tooth root. You can develop an abscess in a variety of ways, including neglect (such as poor oral hygiene) or injury. If you leave a cavity untreated, for example, chances are you’ll develop an abscess at some point as the bacteria spreads throughout your tooth.
Symptoms of Root Infection
The main signs of an infected root are:
- Tenderness and swelling around the tooth
- Extreme sensitivity and pain, including throbbing toothache
- Inability to chew or swallow
- Swelling in face or jaw
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Foul-smelling, foul-tasting fluid
- Difficulty breathing
- Small bump on the gums
How to Heal an Infected Root
The best way to clear any and all signs of bacteria and infection from your tooth root is to undergo a root canal. It might seem frightening at first, but a root canal is actually a virtually painless and effective procedure that can help restore your oral health.
The root canal procedure consists of the dentist drilling into your tooth and flushing out all of the infected tissue. They will then replace the infected tissue with a material called gutta percha to substitute for your tooth root. They will then complete the procedure by capping your tooth with a realistic, sturdy crown to keep the sensitive areas properly sealed and help you eat, talk, and smile with ease again!
Preventing a Root Canal
The best way to prevent a root canal is to practice effective and consistent oral hygiene. Brush and floss your teeth thoroughly twice a day and visit your dentist regularly to monitor the health of your teeth.
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