Two Classic Procedures in Fighting Against Tooth Infection

Posted on by Althea Earwood

DentistIf there is one body part where both style and function meet, that would be your teeth. A smile will never be complete without a set of healthy, white teeth. Similarly, grinding your food would be a lot tougher – even downright impossible – without these strong, calcified tissues.

But no matter how formidable your set of teeth looks like from the outside, the inside of your teeth is still prone to attacks. Inside your tooth is a hallow cavity where pulp is located. Pulp houses the nerves and blood vessels that feed the tooth. When you have poor oral hygiene or are suffering from a gum disease, chances are your pulp will be attacked by germs, causing infection.

You can only get rid of the infection that reached the pulp in two ways: tooth extraction and root canal treatment.

  1. Tooth Extraction

Pulling the infected tooth out is the oldest way in treating infection. Its history traces back in the Palaeolithic age. Just recently, scientists uncovered a 14,000-year-old tooth that shows that people had been practicing tooth extraction and dental repair during the old, old times.

Luckily, though, we have been born in an era where sedation is cool, and that procedures are done in well-lit offices instead of dingy caves. In fact, state-of-the art dental implements and trained dentists are what consist of tooth extraction in NZ.

  1. Root Canal Treatment

One of modern dentistry’s gifts to mankind is the ability to save natural teeth with a root canal treatment. During this procedure, the root canal (the inside of the teeth) is cleared of the pulp, pus, and other debris to get rid of infection. By not pulling your tooth out, you do not only reduce the chance of gum exposure, you are also preventing the release of bacteria in the bloodstream.

Treating a body part as important as a single tooth requires both superb skill and relentless practice; and tooth extraction and root canal treatment are two procedures that many agree are effective in keeping your mouth healthy.

About the Author

Althea Earwood is a Clinical Instructor at a medical university in San Francisco. Prior to this, she works as a nurse at a hospital in New Jersey.