Effective Toothache Treatment
In the past, if you had a toothache or 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.
How a Tooth Infection Develops
Inside each tooth is both the pulp or the nerves. The nerve is the vestige of the tissue that originally formed the tooth. Once the tooth has been in the mouth for a time, the functioning of the nerve is no longer necessary.
When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp. Germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. This results in a toothache.
Left without treatment, pus builds up at the root tip in the jawbone, forming a “pus-pocket” called an abscess. An abscess can cause the pulp tissue to die. When the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling (toothache) can result.
Certain byproducts of the infection can injure your jawbones and your overall health. Without treatment, your toothache result in a need for a tooth extraction.
The Root Canal Procedure to Relieve a Toothache
During root canals, the cosmetic dentist gently removes the infected pulp. She then cleans and fills the space where the infection was before sealing the area.
Back teeth that receive root canals should have dental crowns placed on them in order to strengthen the remaining tooth structure and prevent a recurring infection.
As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime. These practices can ensure that the roots of the restored tooth are nourished and protected by the surrounding tissues.
Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort, involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
The following signs may indicate that a root canal is necessary:
- Persistent chronic toothaches
- Abscess (infection) in or around the tooth
- Swelling surrounding teeth
- Severe tooth sensitivity
Get Rid of Tooth Pain with a Root Canal in Lewisville!
For more information about root canals from The Lewisville Dentist, give us a call today. Our endodontist along with our caring, well-trained team can give you the relief you seek! Serving the greater Lewisville, Coppell, and Flower Mound, TX area.