Have you ever had a toothache? In most cases, a toothache indicates severe tooth decay because the bacteria has eaten through the outer structures of teeth and infected the sensitive interior tissues. Inside your teeth exists nerve endings and pulp that contains cellular material inside a natural cavity called the root canal. As the bacteria enter the root canal and infect the structures and nerves inside of it, it produces a painful toothache for most patients. Endodontic treatments such as root canal therapy help alleviate pain and prevent further damage to the tooth. Your Rochester restorative and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Gilly Calcagno and our team explain the benefits of root canal therapy.
Cleaning Away the Infection
When the interior structures of your teeth are infected, the infection must be removed to relieve pain and prevent further damage. During root canal therapy, Dr. Calcagno will use tiny tools to gently remove the infected structures of teeth. The inflamed and infected pulp and nerves will also be removed. After the root canal is thoroughly cleaned, Dr. Calcagno will seal the inside of your tooth. After root canal treatment, many patients experience relief from toothaches and enjoy eating their favorite foods without pain.
Preventing Further Damage
Your teeth are composed of living tissues. An infected root canal can result in the death of a tooth because bacteria will slowly kill nerve endings. Root canal therapy allows for Dr. Calcagno to save your tooth from death or extraction. After a root canal is cleaned and sealed, the inside of the tooth is protected from further damage caused by bacteria.
After root canal therapy, some patients may need restorations such as crowns to reestablish tooth function, shape, and size. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Calcagno at our Rochester dentist office, contact Calcagno Cosmetic & Family Dentistry at (507) 281-3659. We serve patients from Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Hastings, and the neighboring Rochester communities.