You’ve had that pain in your jaw for months. Some days it’s worse than others, but you figure it will just go away with a little more time.
You know one thing, you are not getting a root canal.
Well … that might be your mistake. Modern dentistry has improved a lot, and today’s root canal treatments are much less painful than they used to be. In fact, you may not experience any pain at all during a root canal treatment.
More importantly, it will alleviate the pain you’ve been dealing with for the past few months.
You don’t have to keep living with the pain, and you shouldn’t fear a root canal. Talk to our dentists at Antoine Dental Center in Houston to find out how a root canal treatment can change your life for the better.
Why we do root canal treatments
Let’s start with what root canal treatment is and why you might need one.
You already know that you have blood vessels and nerves in your tooth. This is why you are feeling the pain you are feeling.
Those nerves run through the soft substance inside your tooth known as pulp. If your pulp gets infected, it can cause pain inside your tooth or an abscessed tooth. An abscess is an infection between your tooth and gum or in the root of your tooth.
Tooth decay is the most common cause of these kinds infections, although they can occur if your tooth is injured, too.
Pain is just one of the symptoms that your tooth may be infected. Here are some others:
– Sensitivity to hot or cold
– Pain when you are chewing
– A bitter taste inside your mouth
– Bad breath
– Red or swollen gums
– Swelling of the upper or lower jaw or your neck glands
– Open sores that drains on the side of your gum
Any of these symptoms are a good reason to make an appointment to see one of our dentists at our office in Houston. If you are having multiple symptoms, then you should call now.
A root canal treatment will remove the infection and end your pain.
How we perform a root canal
The short explanation is that the dentist removes the infected pulp from your tooth.
Here’s a longer explanation of the procedure, according to the American Association of Endodontists. (Endodontists specialize in treating the insides of teeth.)
First, the dentist gives you a local anesthetic for your infected tooth and the tissue around it. As an alternative, you can undergo sedation during your procedure. Either way, you will feel little if any pain.
After your tooth is numb, the dentist makes a small hole in the crown of your tooth. The crown is the part of your tooth that is visible to the world.
This hole gives your dentist a way to remove the infected pulp from your tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the dentist cleans the canal inside the root of your tooth.
After the canal is sanitized, the dentist fills the opening and puts an inlay over the crown of your tooth. This will leave your tooth looking and feeling as good as new.
Even without the pulp, the remaining healthy parts of your tooth can remain alive thanks to the healthy tissues around it.
After your procedure, it’s important that you following the dentist’s instructions. Over-the-counter medication is usually enough to deal with any discomfort you experience in the days after your root canal treatment.
However, it won’t take long for you to realize that the real pain you’ve been dealing with has gone away.
Save your tooth, end your pain
Root canals have an unfortunate reputation as being a cause of pain. In reality, a root canal treatment may be the most effective way to end your pain and to save a decayed tooth.
When you save your tooth, you retain your bite force. This is what allows you to chew your food effectively. If you don’t think that matters, you should talk to someone who has lost some of this ability.
Preserving your real tooth helps the teeth around it. Your teeth support one another, and your tooth can keep supporting the teeth near it if you save that infected tooth with a root canal treatment.
And you will also save your smile when you save your tooth. Trust us, you’ll know if your tooth is missing and so will everyone else.
You can keep suffering and risk further damage, or you can call Antoine Dental Center in Houston to make an appointment. We will examine your teeth and help you decide if a root canal is the best treatment for you.
Use our online form or call us at 713-364-8990 to make your appointment today.