Many pains associated with the teeth and mouth are often written off as temporary and non-serious. What, though, if that pain is part of a more serious problem? If ongoing pain is also associated with other symptoms such as inflammation of the gums or chewing sensitivity, you may be experiencing and abscessed tooth.
Abscessed teeth occur when an infection reaches the root of your teeth and goes untreated for some time. The soft tissue, or pulp, on the inside of the root canal eventually dies and the nerve becomes infected. The tooth is then referred to as an abscessed tooth.
An endodontist specializes in the treatment of dental problems that stem from the root canal of your teeth. These specialists are perfect when it comes to abscessed teeth for this very reason.
If your endodontist believes that the tooth itself can be salvaged and that the damage is not so extensive that it must be removed, then there are typically two procedures that can be done so that you can be left with your natural tooth intact.
A root canal is the most typical procedure in the case of an abscessed tooth. Although this procedure is often feared for being very painful, in reality, the advancement of dental technology allows it to be performed relatively easily and painlessly. Contrary to popular belief, the pain associated with a root canal procedure is typically due to the infection that was already present, not the actual procedure. During the treatment, the infected pulp in the root canal area is drilled away and removed. Then, the endodontist would thoroughly clean and disinfect the area before filling the area and capping off the tooth with a crown.
This procedure is typically for more severe cases. Instead of going through the root canal, the endodontist would open the gums around the infected area and go straight to the underlying bone. From here, they would clear away all of the infected tissue, then thoroughly clean and disinfect the area. Once the area is clean, it would then be sealed off.