Everything to Know About Root Canal Infection

Everything to Know About Root Canal Infection

Root canal infection is an infection that can occur in the pulp and roots of a tooth. This infection occurs when bacteria enter the pulp and root of the tooth and cause issues. The bacteria can come from decay, gum disease, or trauma. Trauma can be from accidental injury or from chewing on hard objects.

What are root canal infections?

Root canal infections are caused by bacteria that enter the tooth. Bacteria are always present in your mouth, but they are usually kept under control by your body’s natural defenses. When your teeth are injured or infected, bacteria can enter the pulp, which is the innermost layer of your teeth. From there, the bacteria can multiply and cause an infection.

Root canal infections are painful, and they can spread to the jaw, neck, and face. They can cause abscesses, as well, which develop when an infection spreads to the area around a tooth. Symptoms include pain, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, swelling, drainage, or tenderness.

A root canal infection can be extremely serious if left untreated and can lead to a serious dental emergency. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is best to contact your dentist right away.

How is a root canal infection treated?

If the infection is from a root canal, your dentist will likely prescribe antibiotics to clear it up. This will most likely also lead to a round of oral antibiotics. Since antibiotics can upset your stomach, you should keep drinking fluids to avoid dehydration.

If the infection is from an oral abscess, you will likely need to visit the dentist again. Your dentist will likely prescribe root canal therapy to remove the infection.

How can you prevent root canal infection?

Because root canals require the removal of infected teeth, it’s important for patients to keep their teeth healthy and free from cavities or bacteria. If bacteria can reach the inner chambers of a tooth, it can lead to a root canal infection.

Some patients who undergo root canal therapy experience some discomfort and swelling. It’s important for patients to still practice good oral hygiene and not skip regular dental visits as they heal.

If you want to know more about root canal infection, call us at (630) 364-2554, and book your appointment with the dentist in our practice located in Naperville, IL. We will be happy to guide you further.


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