Root Canal Infection Increases the Risk of Tooth Loss
By J. Brent Gorrell on June 07, 2016
Patients that experience tooth pain, heightened sensitivity, or inflammation around a tooth may be suffering from a root canal infection. A root canal infection occurs when bacteria are able to reach the nerves and pulp within the central canals of a tooth. Root canal infections are not only painful, but can also cause further oral health problems, including tooth loss. Patients suffering from a root canal infection should schedule an appointment with Dr. Brent Gorrell to undergo restorative dentistry treatments to repair dental damage and improve the health and strength of the tooth. Without proper treatment, tooth loss due to root canal infection is a real risk for our Mountain View, CA patients.
How Root Canal Infection Leads to Tooth Loss
Bacteria may enter the center of the tooth, which is where the nerves and blood vessels reside, as a result of injury or tooth decay. A root canal infection causes inflammation, and damages the nerves and blood vessels that nourish the tooth. If a root canal infection goes untreated, the tooth can become so damaged that it can no longer support a restoration, such as a dental crown. At this point, extraction becomes necessary.
Preventing Tooth Loss Due to Root Canal Infection
The best way to prevent tooth loss due to a root canal infection is to preserve oral health so that an infection never develops to begin with. Good oral hygiene habits and routine professional dental care are the best ways for patients to prevent the buildup of bacteria and keep a tooth’s protective layer of enamel intact.
However, even after a root canal infection has developed, the damaged tooth can be saved. Early intervention is the best way to ensure that the strength and health of the tooth is restored so that tooth loss does not occur. The most effective treatment for a root canal infection is root canal therapy. Root canal therapy involves removing damaged pulp from the center of the tooth, and cleaning the root canals to eliminate bacteria and infection. The center of the tooth is then filled with a dental compound and the outer layer of the tooth is treated with a dental crown to provide an extra layer of strength and protection. In the majority of cases, root canal therapy treats infection and prevents further dental complications, including tooth loss.
Treating Tooth Loss
In the unfortunate case that tooth loss does occur, we can restore a strong, healthy, and functional smile. There are many treatments for tooth loss that can fill in the gaps left by missing teeth so that patients can, once again, enjoy a beautiful smile. Dr. Gorrell offers a number of restorative dentistry treatments for tooth loss, including dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. He can discuss these treatments with patients in further detail to determine which treatment option will best meet their unique dental needs.
If you are concerned about the health of your teeth, it is important to see an experienced dentist such as Dr. Brent Gorrell as soon as possible. Early dental treatment is the best way to restore the strength and health of your smile and prevent more serious dental complications, including tooth loss. To learn more about our restorative dentistry treatments, contact us at your earliest convenience.
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