Dental pulp infection symptoms to watch out for include:
- Throbbing, persistent pain along one side of your jaw
- Difficulty chewing
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Swelling in your jaw or cheek
- Headaches, earache, and neck pains
It is critical you undergo root canal treatment as soon as you become aware of an infection. The longer you leave your infected tooth, the higher the probability of the infection spreading to other parts of the mouth.
Your dentist will begin by x-raying your infected tooth and the surrounding area so they can assess the severity of the infection, allowing them to plan your treatment accordingly.
During the procedure, your dentist will numb the area. They will place a rubber dam around the tooth, isolating it and keeping it clean and dry. Your dentist will make an opening in the crown of your tooth to access the pulp chamber, before applying antibacterial fluid to the area.
Following this step, the dentist will remove the pulp using rotary files before cleaning, shaping, filling, and sealing the canal. Finally, they will restore your tooth with a filling or a dental crown.
At Mint Dental Clinic we use NiTi rotary files made of nickel-titanium because the super elasticity of the material easily allows for the cleaning and shaping of extremely curved root canal spaces within a tooth. They also enable us to carry out the treatment quickly, which means less time in the surgery for our patients.
After root canal treatment, the symptoms of your infection should quickly subside. The relief will be especially evident if you have been experiencing a severe toothache.
Patients can manage any tenderness or sensitivity with over-the-counter painkillers.