It started off as an annoyance, just little pain from time-to-time on one side of your mouth.
You thought you could tough it out, but now it’s become something different. The pain seems to be constant. It gets worse when you drink something hot, like your morning coffee.
Even chewing on that side your mouth is just painful. You wonder if you might need a root canal, but you’ve heard some many bad things. The root canal might hurt, too, right?
The truth is root canals should be painless procedures, in spite of the unfortunate urban legends to the contrary. With quality care from a caring staff, like the team at Antoine Dental Care, you can get treatment for your problem and alleviate your pain.
If you live in or near call, make plans to talk to one of our dentists today.
What Is A Root Canal?
When most people ask that what they really mean is “What Is A Root Canal Procedure?”
In everyday language, root canal has become shorthand for the treatment to clean up that part of your tooth. Here’s a short explanation.
Your tooth has multiple parts. The outside is a protective coating called enamel, which is the hardest substance on the human body. Underneath the enamel is a layer called dentin, and inside the dentin is an opening, which holds the soft pulp in the center of your tooth.
The nerves and blood vessels that bring nutrients to your tooth are found in the pulp. The roots of your teeth have openings, called root canals, which lead to the center of your teeth.
A root canal treatment is a procedure in which a dentist removes the pulp along with the nerves and blood vessels inside an infected tooth.
Why You May Need A Root Canal?
The toothache you are feeling is a symptom of the infection inside your tooth. It may be what convinces you to go through with the root canal procedure. The pain is not the underlying cause of your problem, however.
You may need a root canal for a few reasons, such as:
- Poor dental hygiene — If you do not care for your teeth and gums like you should, you may develop tooth decay or gum disease. Either condition can allow bacteria to eat into the protective enamel on your teeth.
If the bacteria eats through the dentin and into your root canal or the center of your tooth, it can cause your pulp to become infected.
- Repeated dental procedures — If you previously had a cavity, then you may have received a filling. If that happened a long time ago, then your may have had repeated fillings.
Each time you need a new filling, it may have exposed more of your tooth to bacteria, thus increasing the likelihood of bacteria infecting the pulp inside your tooth.
- An injury — An injury during a sporting event or because of an accident could damage your tooth. If your tooth became chipped or cracked, that may have exposed the dentin to bacteria.
This may have been opening the bacteria needed to eat further into your tooth.
No matter the cause of your infection, you may experience any of the following symptoms:
◼︎ Increased sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks
◼︎ Tooth discoloration
◼︎ Swollen gums
What Happens During A Root Canal?
A root canal procedure is often the best way to relieve your pain. Here is how we will proceed if you need a root canal treatment.
First, we want to ensure that you feel no pain. We start by numbing your infected tooth and the surrounding tissue. We also offer dental sedation if you would like to be certain that you feel no discomfort during the treatment.
Our own Dr. Choudhury will make an opening in your tooth only after you are numb. Then, he will remove the infected pulp and the nerves and blood vessels inside your tooth.
He’ll sanitize the inside of your tooth, and fill it will a special material to reduce the risk of reinfection. He will seal the tooth with a filling or dental crown, depending on what is best for you.
Stopping Your Pain
Our team wants to save your teeth. We also want you to feel comfortable both at our dentist office in Houston and in your daily life.
Many times, a root canal is the most effective way to end your pain while still preserving as much of your tooth as possible.
If your tooth hurts, get help by calling Antoine Dental Center at 713-364-8990 or by filling out our online appointment form.