You have been living with a toothache, and it’s not going away.
The pain seems to get worse with each passing day, but you’ve heard horror stories about root canal treatments from … who? Was it your uncle? Your uncle’s friend? Your cousin?
You can’t remember who told you, but you just keep hoping the pain will go away.
We have bad news. The pain isn’t going to stop unless you do something about it.
The good news is that root canals don’t really hurt in modern dentistry, no matter what your friend, uncle, or cousin might have told you.
If you have a toothache, you need to get to Precise Dental of Houston as soon as possible. We will be happy to look at your tooth and end your pain, whether that means a root canal or some other treatment.
What Causes Root Canal Problems
Before we can explain that, we need to discuss a tooth anatomy. The visible part of your tooth is the crown. The part below your gumline is the root.
Your root canal is the opening inside your teeth where you have blood vessels and nerves.
If you have tooth decay, gum disease, or a cracked tooth, you may develop an abscess. This is a pocket of pus that forms near the tip of your root.
This can lead to infections that get inside the pulp, which is in your root canal. This infection can damage the blood vessels and nerves inside your tooth. This also may explain why your tooth hurts so much.
Signs That You Might Need A Root Canal Treatment
If you make regular visits to the Precise Dental of Houston, we may be able to spot the warning signs before you have a serious problem.
If you haven’t been coming to the dentist, you should come to see us at the first hint of a problem. Tooth infections can lead to swelling of your face and neck. They can also damage the jaw bone that supports your teeth.
With that in mind, you should be aware of the signs that you may need a root canal procedure:
What Happens During A Root Canal Procedure
In all seriousness, we hope you will never need a root canal treatment. If you do, then you should take comfort in knowing that the procedure will relieve your pain; it won’t cause it.
To start the procedure, we apply a local anesthetic to the tissues around the infected tooth. This will numb your tooth, and you shouldn’t feel any pain during the root canal procedure.
We will make an opening so we can access the inside of your tooth. We then remove the infected pulp and other tissues inside your root canal. The root canal is then cleaned and sanitized. Finally, your canal is filled with a special material to prevent a new infection.
At the end of the procedure, we need to seal your tooth. This may mean making a dental crown, or it may involve making an inlay or onlay to cover your tooth.
Why We Do Root Canal Procedures
Our goal is to keep your teeth and your mouth healthy. If you do have an infected tooth, we want to keep as much of the healthy tooth as possible.
A root canal treatment allows you to keep most of your healthy tooth without having it removed. This helps to preserve the appearance of your smile, and after you recover from your procedure, you can continue biting into and chewing the foods that you love.
If you come to our office for routine cleanings and checkups, we are more likely to detect tooth decay before you start to feel any pain. Too often patients wait until their toothache becomes unbearable before they seek treatment.
With proper oral hygiene and routine checkups, you may never experience the problems that would require a root canal treatment.
Nevertheless, always remember that a root canal procedure is a way to end your pain. It’s not intended to cause more of it.