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Over time, routine wear as well as decay can wear down the enamel of teeth, leaving them vulnerable to cavities and infection. If left untreated, these conditions can quickly cause damage to the function and health of the tooth, often requiring endodontic therapy to restore the smile. In Edmonton, Dr. Derek Fika offers root canal therapy to help these individuals regain oral health and function.
When is a Root Canal Required?
Dental enamel is a durable substance which covers every tooth, protecting the dentin and inner pulp chamber of each tooth. However, when this protective layer is compromised as a result to decay or trauma, bacteria can enter into the tooth and begin colonizing within the pulp chamber.
As the condition progresses, bacteria can travel down the roots to the base of the tooth, creating a pocket of infected tissue and bacteria at the bottom of the root. Tooth abscesses can be particularly dangerous as they can not only compromise the health of the mouth, but bacteria from the abscess can also spread to other parts of the body, potentially threatening vital organs.
Root Canal Therapy in Edmonton
Root canal therapy is the most effective method of treating infected teeth or abscesses. During this procedure, a small opening is made in the affected tooth using specialized tools. The infected inner pulp tissue, blood vessels, and bacteria are then removed and a dental laser is used to disinfect the inner chamber. Once the inner cavity has been sterilized, it is filled with a biocompatible material called gutta percha.
Following recovery, a restoration is created to reinforce the strength and function of the tooth. At Dr. Fika Family Dentistry, we offer both composite fillings as well as porcelain crowns.
What are Symptoms of a Tooth Infection?
Identifying the symptoms of a damaged tooth is the first step to restoring health and function to your smile. Common symptoms of tooth infection include:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Severe and throbbing toothache
- Swelling near the infected tooth
- Inexplicable bad taste or bad breath
- White, pimple-like swelling on the gums.
More severe symptoms of an infected tooth include fever and/or swollen lymph nodes. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Dr. Fika immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.