Get A Root Canal So Your Tooth Won’t Hurt
Few words cause more anxiety than telling a patient, “You need a root canal.”
We’ve seen the looks on people’s faces when we recommend this treatment. Unfortunately, many people remain under the impression that root canal treatments are painful procedures.
We hope to dispel that myth and give you a greater understanding of why root canal treatments are often the best way to save your long-term oral health.
At Parkway Dental, we want all our patients in and around Snellville, GA, to receive the best care that we can provide. Sometimes, that means performing a root canal treatment.
Signs That Your Tooth Is Infected
For better or worse, the symptoms of an infected tooth are generally things that you can see or feel.
Tooth pain is a big warning sign. Your tooth should not hurt when you use it to bite or chew. Your tooth should not hurt when you drink a cup of coffee or glass of iced tea. If it does, you need to call us to make an appointment.
You also may notice a tooth that looks dark or discolored. This could indicate a cavity that has eaten deep into your tooth. As the cavity gets deeper, it can cause an infection of the soft tissue in the pulp chamber and root canals of your teeth.
Root canals are an anatomic structure. They are openings in the roots of your teeth. This is where blood vessels and nerves enter your teeth.
Tooth infections also can develop as a result of gum disease. This too is caused by bacteria that can eat into the roots of your teeth. This also is why you may notice two other symptoms. Swollen or inflamed gums and what looks like a pimple on your gum tissue.
Causes Of Tooth Infections
The most common reason that teeth become infected is poor oral care.
It may be the result of not taking your oral hygiene seriously. It also can develop if you believe you are brushing and flossing like you should, but inadvertently miss certain parts of your mouth.
That creates opportunities for bacteria to grow, which increases your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Both of those can lead to infected teeth if left untreated.
Infections can arise from trauma to the tooth as well. An injury can create a crack in a tooth or cause a tooth to break. This can expose more vulnerable parts of your tooth to bacteria.
Dealing With The Infected Tooth
You are probably aware that your teeth don’t hurt most of the time. When and if they do, you should talk to a dentist.
The longer your infection remains untreated, the more likely you are to lose that tooth. We want you to keep all your teeth whenever possible. A root canal treatment can help.
To remove the infection, we have to create an opening so we can access the inside of your tooth. That is the part can concern many people. They are convinced that this process will be painful.
At Parkway Dental, we take steps to make this a painless procedure.
At a minimum, we will administer an anesthetic to block pain in the infected tooth and the nearby gum tissue. Many patients prefer sedation dentistry in this situation. That is fine two. We provide two forms of dental sedation in our practice.
Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) is fast-acting since all you need to do is breathe it in to feel its effects. Oral conscious sedation is stronger and its effects last longer since you take medication before your procedure begins.
If you do choose either form of sedation dentistry, you can rest assured that we will wait for it to kick in before we begin the procedure.
Once we are confident that you will not feel anything, we can use our special tools to make the opening and to remove the infected pulp, blood vessels, and nerves from inside your problematic tooth.
To complete the process, we will clean, sanitize, and fill the tooth with a special material to reduce your risk of reinfection. We then seal the tooth with at filling or dental crown to add a last layer of protection.
Take Away Your Pain
If you have been suffering from a toothache, make plans to visit our dentist if you live in or near Snellville, GA. Find out how much better you could feel with a root canal treatment.