Root Canal Therapy
Nerve damage inside your tooth can manifest itself in uncomfortable and serious symptoms including a toothache that worsens at night and teeth that are sensitive to hot and/or cold. Such nerve damage can occur if the pulp within the pulp chamber is infected with bacteria, which is very possible considering the relatively isolated state of this chamber from the body’s defense mechanisms. Therefore, your body will at best only get rid of the infection caused by the bacteria living within your tooth, but at worst the bacterial infection can overwhelm your immune system and cause pain, swelling, and if neglected, an abscess, jaw bone destruction, airway constriction, sinus infection, and other harmful symptoms.
This condition is treated with a root canal procedure, which consists of two parts. The first part involves removing the bacteria, nerve tissue, and toxins from the pulp chamber and cleaning this area out. The second part involves filling in and sealing up the tooth in order to prevent later reinfection.