Why Does My Tooth Hurt?
A lingering toothache causes chronic discomfort, tooth sensitivity to food and drinks, or sharp pains when biting—all of which interfere with your day-to-day life. Tooth pain can be the result of many factors, but the underlying issue remains: decay. A toothache is commonly due to inflammation or infection of the dental pulp inside a decayed tooth. It may be easier to mask this pain with medication, but the most noticeable issue with chronic tooth pain is its effect on your quality of life and overall health. A tooth that has disease or decay below the surface will not heal on its own, increasing the risk for infection spreading to other teeth and throughout the body. Did you know that without the right treatment, a painful tooth can become so damaged it may be lost or must be extracted? We encourage those with chronic tooth pain to visit our office for an evaluation as soon as possible. Treating this infection with root canal therapy can save your tooth!
Saving a Tooth with Root Canal Therapy
Infection or disease festering in the dental pulp of a tooth root must be cleared away as entirely as possible in order to save and restore the tooth. This requires attentiveness to small details that cannot be overlooked. Our doctors are trained in all facets of root canal therapy and are thorough in their treatment process, from the initial x-rays to restoring the tooth with a dental crown. Root canal therapy itself is a straightforward process, involving numbing of the tooth, removal of the diseased pulp, filling the reshaped area with a biocompatible material, and capping the tooth with a natural-looking dental crown. Once this virtually painless treatment is complete, you should no longer feel any lingering or sharp pains when you bite and chew!
How does root canal therapy
- Eliminates chronic tooth pain
- Halts the spread of infection
- Restores biting and chewing power
- Maintains a healthy, natural smile
- Rules out tooth extraction
Experienced Care from Tooth Experts
Root canal therapy is a sequential process, with the outcome of each step directly relying on the outcome of the one before. Our doctors are skilled in each step of this process and have extensive knowledge about the anatomy of the tooth and pulp chamber, all of which are needed for successful root canal therapy. When successfully completed, you will no longer be at risk for needing a tooth extraction, and your natural tooth will be healthy enough to function like normal! Are you experiencing tooth pain, sensitivity, gum swelling, or discoloration of your tooth? Timely root canal treatment by one of our experienced dentists is the only way we can save your tooth and restore a pain-free and healthy smile!
Is root canal treatment painful?
You don’t have to fear this procedure. With the help of numbing medicine, patients should feel no pain while a root canal is being performed.
How long does a root canal treatment take?
They usually can be finished in 30-90 minutes depending on the tooth and difficulty.
Do I need a crown after a root canal?
Needing a crown after a root canal depends highly on the location of the tooth in the mouth—teeth towards the back of the mouth like molars and premolars are needed more for chewing, and generally require crowns, where incisors or canines which aren’t needed for chewing don’t always require crowns.
What happens if you don't get a root canal?
If you need a root canal, the infected pulp in the tooth needs to be removed. Typically, a chronic infection begins and the bone around the tooth starts to break down. The tooth is likely to abscess at some point and is usually at greater risk of fracturing.