There are many different reasons for needing dental root canal treatment. Our teeth have 3 different layers. The outer layer called enamel, which protects the tooth, the second layer called dentin, and this layer has some nerves. The inner most layer is called dental pulp, which has blood vessels and nerves.
When dental cavities extend to the pulp of a tooth, this causes dental abscess. Dental abscesses will either require a root canal treatment or a dental extraction; dental trauma or sports injuries can also require root canal treatment.
If the dental cavity is not extensive enough to warrant a dental extraction, a root canal treatment will be recommended. Root canal treatment allows the patient to save the tooth that is infected. This procedure will be performed by your general dentist, family dentist, or endodontist. Prior to the root canal treatment the patient will be placed on antibiotics.
A dental abscess happens when the nerve of the tooth is infected, forming pus. This dental infection can go beyond the tooth causing the pus to spread to the jaw bone or to the soft tissue around it resulting in swelling. It is very important to consult your general dentist or family dentist as soon as possible because sometimes these dental related abscesses and swelling can be life-threatening.
A broken tooth can occur due to dental trauma or decay being so deep it weakens the integrity of the tooth. If the patient has a broken tooth and the tooth does not need a dental extraction then root canal treatment can be needed if the tooth is broken in to the nerve chamber. Often when this happens the soft tissue around the tooth can swell. Do not place heat on the swollen area as it can cause the swelling to worsen allowing the dental infection to spread.
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