We live in an age of information. If you have a toothache, you can type “my tooth hurts” into a search engine and getting thousands of links in a matter of seconds.
Even so, that doesn’t mean that all the available information is good information. Sorting through mountains of data can be difficult, and you may run into bad information without realizing it.
Unfortunately, root canal treatments have gained an unwarranted bad reputation. Some people are still afraid that root canals will be painful, and a few people are convinced root canal treatments can cause other problems.
The truth is root canal treatments are practically painless at the office of Andrew Dine, D.D.S., and they will alleviate the reasons you are suffering from a toothache.
Keep reading to learn how we perform root canal treatments, and how they can help you or someone you love.
The Reason Your Tooth Hurts
Toothaches are no fun for anyone. Teeth should not cause you any pain. If your teeth hurt, please call us as soon as you can to make an appointment. The sooner you visit us, the sooner we can diagnose the problem and treat it.
Toothaches can develop when the inside of your teeth become infected or inflamed.
If bacteria start to eat into your teeth, you may not feel anything, and you may not notice depending on the location of your tooth decay.
As the bacteria eats further into your teeth, it may reach either the pulp chamber (at the center of your tooth) or the root canals (openings in the roots of your teeth). The root canal leads to the pulp chamber. It’s also where nerves and blood vessels enter your teeth.
The other thing in the root canals and the chamber is pulp, which is softer than the other parts of your teeth. If bacteria infects the inside of a tooth, the pulp can become inflamed or infected. This can cause swelling that puts pressure on the nerves.
The infected also may cause an abscessed tooth. An abscess, which is a swollen area filled with pus, can form near the root of your tooth.
Because of this kind of infection, you may feel a lingering toothache. You also may notice increased sensitivity to cold, hot, and sweet foods and drinks.
If you do not treat your infected tooth, the swelling can spread to other parts of your mouth. You also could lose bone density in your jaw.
What Happens During A Root Canal Treatment?
The goal of a root canal treatment is to remove the infection from your tooth. Doing this will relieve the pain you have been feeling.
The second benefit of having a root canal treatment is that you can save most of your tooth. Most of the time, this is preferable to having your tooth removed.
During your procedure, we will begin one of two ways.
The first option is for us to administer a local anesthetic to numb your infected tooth and the surrounding tissues. This way you will not feel anything during the procedure.
The other option is to undergo sedation dentistry. This way you won’t feel anything and you probably won’t remember the treatment.
Either way, we will make sure you won’t feel any pain before we begin. We will need to create an opening in your tooth so we can access the inside. Then, we will remove the infected or inflamed pulp along with the nerves and blood vessels.
To reduce your risk of reinfection, we will sanitize the inside of your teeth and fill it with a special rubbery material. This also helps your tooth retain it shape.
The final step is sealing the tooth. This may be done with a dental filling or a dental crown depending on how big the opening is.
During your recovery, you may have some soreness, but the pain should go away in a short time.
Feel Better Again
We want to reiterate something that is important — your teeth should not hurt! Toothaches are not likely to just go away, so you should make an appointment with Andrew Dine, D.D.S., as soon as you are able to alleviate your pain.
If you tooth hurts, find out if a root canal or another treatment can end the pain right away.