How Endodontics Impacts the Health of Your Gums and Body

Posted on: May 30, 2016

EndodonticsEndodontics provides the treatment solution you need if your tooth and roots become infected. Our dentist performs root canals with absolute precision. We remove the infected area of the tooth and the infected roots before cleaning the entire area to remove the bacteria. This allows the tooth to heal instead of requiring it to be pulled.

When having a root canal performed it is important to work with a dentist who is experienced and performs the procedure on a regular basis. Doing so means that you will be more comfortable both during the procedure and afterwards. Additionally, an experienced dentist is able to remove only the infected portion of the tooth leaving a larger portion of the tooth structure in place. In order to strengthen the tooth, a filling will be used to replace the portion that was removed and a cap may be placed around it for additional stability.

Many people don’t realize that endodontics is also important for the health of their gums and body overall. When a tooth becomes severely infected the infection can spread to the root system. This creates a dangerous situation where if left untreated the infection can impact the gums and even your jawbone. Severe dental infections that reach into the bone or floor of the mouth are incredibly painful and can lead to what is known as a dental abscess. An abscess requires major treatment and sometimes even surgery in order go away.

Healthy teeth and gums are important for the health of your mouth and being able to speak and eat properly. They are also important for the health of your entire body. Your mouth and specifically your gums have far-reaching health consequences. For example, pregnant women with gum disease are at risk of having a low birth weight baby or having their baby prematurely. This makes treating all types of oral infection extremely important during pregnancy for the health of the mother and the child.

Heart disease has also been linked to gum disease. This may be due in part to gum inflammation but ongoing research is being conducted. Studies have found that 91 percent of people with heart disease also have gum disease, which shows the importance that a healthy mouth plays on the rest of the body. Treating a tooth infection immediately will help prevent the infection from spreading into the gums and reduce the risk to the rest of the body.

Endodontics is a specialty that goes beyond general dentistry. While a family dentist can perform root canals, they do them less often which increases the risk of complications or discomfort. As with anything, the more training a dentist has and the more often they perform a procedure, the better the results will be overall. If you are experiencing tooth pain, call and schedule an appointment today. It may be a simple cavity that can be treated quickly and if a root canal is necessary we will walk you through the specifics of the procedure and ensure that you start to feel better right away.


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