Tooth Pain May Mean You Need A Root Canal
Imagine that tomorrow you have a day off work. You are looking forward to waking up without the alarm and fixing yourself a delicious breakfast.
Eggs and bacon and biscuits, yeah … warm, buttery biscuits would be nice.
You start making some coffee and getting your breakfast ready. You fix yourself a cup and take a sip.
That’s odd. One of your teeth hurt with that drink. The pain goes away, so you don’t think anything of it until you take another sip and it happens again.
You start to suspect this isn’t just a coincidence, but like a scientist, you have to test it one more time. Sure enough, your tooth hurts again. So, you set your coffee aside.
Once your food is done, and you fix a plate of food for yourself and sit down. You’ve swapped your coffee for some OJ.
You take a bite of your bacon … and your tooth hurts again.
You sip the orange juice … and your tooth hurts like it did when you tried to drink your coffee.
You take a bite of toast … and you give up.
You go to a mirror and look at the tooth that’s causing pain, and it looks like you have a pimple on your gums.
What could that mean? It means you should call the dentists at Parkway Dental if you live in or near Snellville, GA.
Tooth Infection Symptoms
In the scenario above, you are showing multiple symptoms of an infected tooth, such as:
- Pain when biting or chewing
- Increased sensitivity to heat or cold
- A pimple-like bump on your gums near the painful tooth
- Tenderness or swelling of your gums
These kinds of infections occur when bacteria reaches the innermost parts of your tooth. That parts are the pulp chamber at the center of your tooth and the root canals, which are openings in the root where nerves and blood vessels enter your tooth.
The root canal and the pulp chamber also contain pulp, which is a soft connective tissue. If bacteria reaches the pulp, it may become inflamed. That can explain the pain and sensitivity issues you have been experiencing.
Causes Of Tooth Infections
The usual suspects in the case of the infected tooth are gum disease and tooth decay. Let’s consider them one at a time.
As gum disease advanced, pockets can form in your gum tissue. This can allow bacteria to build plaque, which can turn into tartar, on the roots of your teeth. As bacteria eats into the root, it doesn’t have a long way to go to reach the root canal.
This is one way it can infect your pulp.
Tooth decay starts with a cavity. If you treat it early, you can fix it with a dental filling.
Even if you don’t treat it right away, you often can fix it with a dental crown.
But if the decay eats deeper into your tooth, it will reach the pulp chamber eventually.
In either of the situations above, a root canal treatment is often the best option.
Removing The Infection
We have learned the many people are still worried about getting a root canal treatment. They are convinced that the procedure is going to be painful. In truth, it’s no worse than a dental filling.
At a minimum, we will numb your tooth and the surrounding tissue before we do anything else. If you want to be absolutely certain that you don’t feel anything, we offer sedation dentistry as well.
We will create an open in your tooth after you are numb or sedated. This will allow us to remove the inflamed pulp, the blood vessels, and the nerves. After cleaning and sanitizing your tooth, we fill it with material to reduce your risk of a new infection.
To finish, we seal the tooth with a dental filling or a dental crown.
Then you are good to go. Your symptoms should fade within a few days, and you should be able to eat and drink without pain or tooth sensitivity.
If you would rather avoid needing a root canal treatment altogether, we strongly encourage good preventive dental care. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing every day, and visiting a general dentist office like Parkway Dental twice a year for routine cleanings and examinations.