How Endodontists Can Save Your Tooth
An abscessed tooth is a serious oral health condition that occurs when the pulp, or the soft tissue inside the tooth, becomes infected and swollen. This can happen as a result of untreated tooth decay, a cracked or broken tooth, or a deep filling that allows bacteria to enter the pulp.
The infection can cause the pulp to die, and an abscess, or a pocket of pus, to form at the tip of the tooth’s root. This can cause severe pain, swelling, and redness in the gums, as well as fever, facial swelling, and difficulty opening the jaw.
An endodontist is a dental specialist who is trained to diagnose and treat problems related to the pulp and the nerves of teeth, including abscessed teeth. They have the necessary expertise to expertly and painlessly fix an abscessed tooth by performing a root canal procedure.
The root canal procedure consists of removing the infected and dead pulp from the inside of the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth, and filling and sealing the root canals to prevent further infection. In some cases, they may also place a small plastic tube, called a post, to help support the tooth and keep it from breaking. Then the tooth will be restored with a filling or a crown to protect it and restore its function.