Root Canal Therapy
Do you have a toothache? Are your teeth sensitive to hot or cold? Does the discomfort worsen at night? These symptoms are potential indications of nerve damage in your tooth. The nerve space inside a tooth can provide a cozy cave-like location for bacteria to exist because of its relative isolation from the body’s defense mechanisms. Given this factor, your body will only be able to ward off the infection caused by the bacteria living inside your tooth at best. At worst, this bacterial infection will overwhelm your body's defense mechanisms and pain and swelling will develop. If this condition is neglected, it can cause a large abscess, which can in turn lead to very severe consequences including jaw bone destruction, airway construction, sinus infection, etc.
In a nutshell, the process of a root canal treatment first removes the bacteria, nerve tissue, and bacterial toxins from within the inner parts of a tooth. Next, once this space has been cleansed the second half of root canal treatment involves filling in and sealing up the interior of the tooth. This aspect of the treatment is an attempt to minimize the possibility that bacteria will be able to re-colonize the inner parts of the tooth.