If you’ve ever had a sensitive tooth, you would probably agree that it was one of the most excruciating experiences you’ve ever had. Studies reveal that 25% of working adults in America have had to take time off of work to visit a dentist about one or more sensitive teeth. The discomfort can indicate any number of dental issues, from a cracked or chipped tooth to a deeply infected pulp (the bundle of nerves and vessels at the center of your tooth). If an infection has reached the center of your tooth, then you may require root canal treatment to alleviate the pain and prevent the tooth infection from spreading.

When Root Canals Need Cleaning

Not every case of tooth sensitivity requires a root canal procedure. If your tooth is sensitive because of damage (i.e., crack, chip, or break due to impact) then your dentist will thoroughly examine the extent and location of the damage. If no infection has set in, then he will consult with you to determine the best option for repairing the damage, such as a dental crown.

If decay reaches the center of your tooth, or if structural damage allows bacteria to infect the pulp, then measures must be taken to prevent the infection from growing worse. An infected pulp can swell or even become necrotic (deceased) if not cared for quickly.

Benefits of Treating Infected Root Canals

If a tooth’s internal infection is found in time, you can avoid the need to extract the tooth by removing the diseased tissues. Root canal treatment leaves your healthy tooth structure intact, so there is no need for tooth replacement. The procedure also alleviates the discomfort of internal tooth infection, and restores your ability to bite and chew your food, as well as enjoy hot and cold beverages, with ease.