Do you have a toothache that is bothering you extensively? Is there swelling or pain accompanied with your toothache? Is your face feeling swollen because you have a toothache? Do you get a toothache if you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages?
In the past, if you had a tooth with an infected nerve, you’d probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called root therapy (or root canal treatment) you may be able to save that tooth and we would like to make sure that can happen.
What is a root canal?
Inside each tooth is what is called root pulp. Root pulp was necessary when you had baby teeth and your teeth and mouth were still growing. But once we get our adult teeth, root pulp is no longer useful and it is this that can get infected. And you end up with a toothache, which most likely will need to be treated with a root canal.
If your tooth cracks or has a deep cavity, it is much easier for bacteria to get into the pulp and infect the pulp. Once the pulp is infected, the issue can become far more serious. The long and short of it is, without root canal treatment, you may need a tooth extraction.
What To Expect During Root Canal Treatment
- During root canals, the cosmetic dentist gently removes the infected pulp.
- The next step in root canals is the dentist cleans the space to make sure there is no more decay or bacteria.
- Then your dentist fills the space, usually with an antibiotic medicine, where the infection was.
- Finally, the root canal procedure finishes when the dentist seals the area.
Back teeth that receive root canals should have a dental crown placed on them in order to strengthen the remaining tooth structure. Then, as long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups so that the root(s) of the restored tooth are nourished by the surrounding tissues, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
Though root canals have gotten a bad reputation, usually the toothache is worse than the root canals!
If you have a toothache, or want more information about root canals from The Carrollton Dentist, give us a call today.