The pulp, or third layer of the tooth, is home to live nerves and tissues. When this area is invaded by infection, Endodontics, or root canal treatment, is often recommended.
Through decay, injury, large cavities, or cracks in the teeth, the pulp of the tooth begins to react with the outside. This contaminates the tissues inside, and the chance of infection is high. Infected nerve endings and tissues are known to cause pain. While not all types of tooth pain mean that root canal treatment is needed, you are strongly encouraged to contact your dental professional if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Tooth pain while eating or when pressure is applied to the tooth
- Pulsing pain or sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the hot and cold has been removed from the tooth
- A small bump, resembling a pimple, near the area of pain
- Discoloration of the tooth (darkening)
- Tender gums and/or swelling around the tooth
How Can Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment) End My Tooth Pain?
If root canal treatment is what your dental professional suggests, he or she will begin by taking x-rays, to determine the severity of the decay. You will be comfortable with a local anesthetic, and there will be no pain during the procedure. It's important to know that root canal treatment is used to relieve pain, not to cause pain!
Using special instruments, the dentist will remove all of the decayed and dead tissue inside the pulp. The canal is disinfected with solution, shaped with a new root filling, cleaned, and then sealed.
In one to two appointments, you will have a new, permanent restoration. Most importantly, you tooth will be painless.
At DeSoto Dental, we are dedicated to getting to the root of the problem, when it comes to your tooth pain. If Endodontics, or root canal treatment, is the best option, you can be sure that we will educate you about every aspect of your procedure. Call us today!
Posted on behalf of DeSoto Dental