You can’t remember the last time you enjoyed your morning coffee. You still drink it. It’s just you can’t enjoy it lately.
It tastes the same, but every time you drink it, your tooth hurts. You are pretty sure it’s the darker tooth in the back of your mouth.
That one feels weaker than the others whenever you are eating.
The pain hasn’t gone away for weeks. Sometimes it hurts even when you aren’t eating or drinking anything.
If any of the scenario above sounds familiar, you definitely need to make an appointment with dentist Andrew Dine, DDS, if you live in or near Fairfield, Ohio. You may need a root canal treatment.
Don’t Believe The Horror Stories
You may have heard some persistent myths about root canal procedures.
You may believe the root canal treatment will hurt or that it will cause you more pain. That’s not the case in a modern dental practice.
The purpose of a root canal treatment is to remove the infected pulp from the inside of your tooth, along with the nerves and blood vessels. This is done to preserve as much of the remaining healthy parts of your tooth as possible.
And it’s done to end your pain.
Once the infected parts are removed, the inside of your tooth will be cleaned, sanitized, and filled with a special material to reduce the risk of reinfection and to help your tooth maintain its shape.
Your tooth will be sealed with a filling or dental crown.
A root canal procedure is no more painful than getting a filling, and with the techniques we use, you probably won’t feel any pain at all.
We have two ways to reduce and eliminate any pain you may be worried about feeling.
First, we use the DentalVibe. This is a painless injection system. This handheld wand works by stimulating your gums so you will not feel anything when you receive the local anesthetic.
Second, we offer nitrous oxide sedation for our patients. Nitrous oxide has been used by dentist for more than 150 years because it does two things. It helps patients feel calm and relaxed, and it alleviates any sensations of pain while you are breathing it.
Nitrous oxide is fast-acting, effective, and safe.
Signs That You May Need A Root Canal
The only way to know with certainty that you need a root canal treatment is to schedule a dental appointment. However, we have listed some symptoms that suggest your tooth has become infected.
Your teeth should not hurt. Your teeth should not cause you pain.
Toothaches can be a kind of constant, lingering pain. Toothaches can flare up repeatedly throughout the day. Or you may experience both of these kinds of pain at different times.
In any case, your toothaches is not going to go away unless you do something about it.
◆ Tooth Sensitivity
You need a root canal treatment when the inside of your tooth has become infected. The bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease will eat into your tooth.
You may not feel any pain at first. This will change when the bacteria reach the center of your tooth. The bacteria infect the soft pulp on the inside of your tooth, which is where your nerves and blood vessels are located.
This means there is a hole in your tooth that reaches to the inside. When this happens, hot drinks like coffee, cold foods like ice cream, and even sweet foods can trigger painful sensations.
◆ Swollen Or Tender Gums
We mentioned earlier that the bacteria that cause gum disease can eat into your tooth. If your tooth hurts, you may notice swollen, tender gums near that tooth.
This a symptom of gum disease, and it could be a clue about how you tooth became infected.
As gums disease grows, you may have pockets forming inside this soft tissue. These pockets are places where the bacteria can build plaque and tartar. A pocket may serve as the point of attack on your tooth.
◆ Dark Or Discolored Tooth
This is a good indication that your tooth has been damaged by tooth decay. If the infection remains untreated, your tooth may begin to die.
◆ An Abscessed Tooth
An abscess occurs when you have an infection near the root of your tooth. Abscesses can form in your gums when they become inflamed due to gum disease.
This can be painful in and of itself, or it may provide an opportunity for bacteria to eat into your tooth at the root.
Don’t Live With Pain
If your tooth hurts and you live in or near Fairfield, Ohio, then you need to call dentist Andrew Dine, DDS, as soon as you can. Whether you need a root canal or another procedure, you need to get treated right away.
Call 513-823-2575 or fill out our online form to make an appointment.