There are few things more painful than an infected tooth. Ask anyone who has dealt with a severe toothache, and he will tell you that the pain is agonizing and unbearable. It is the type of pain that will interrupt your life and affect everything you do.
An infected tooth, one that has severe tooth decay that reaches the inner chambers, will experience pain because the nerve endings inside the tooth will repeatedly be attacked. What you need to know about tooth decay is that it will not remedy itself. In addition to the extreme pain, swelling, abscesses, blood poisoning, and even death can occur. Once infection reaches the inside of a tooth, the tooth will die without medical intervention. If you notice any signs of tooth infection or have a toothache, you need to make an appointment with your dentist to discuss root canal treatment.
Root Canal Therapy
Because every tooth is an individual living feature, it can die. When a tooth dies, a whole host of problems will arise in the mouth. Tooth extraction is an “easy” option because it will remove the problematic tooth; however, tooth extraction is not always the best option. When a tooth is missing from the mouth, the neighboring teeth lose necessary support over time. Without support, these teeth will fall out or need to be extracted, leaving an incomplete smile that you may be embarrassed by. Root canal therapy is a procedure done to save the tooth and restore your smile.
During a root canal procedure, the dentist removes the infected inner layers of the tooth and disinfects the inside of the tooth. This removes and kills any lingering bacteria so that they will not continue to cause damage. Once the tooth has been treated, the dentist will seal off the tooth to prevent bacteria from entering. Sometimes, a custom dental crown will be placed over the tooth to provide extra support and protection.
The number one misconception of root canal therapy is that it is a painful procedure. This is absolutely not true! It is the infection and damage that cause pain, and a root canal is a procedure that alleviates your discomfort.
Please contact Engineered Smiles right away if you are experiencing tooth pain or have swelling around a tooth. We will schedule an emergency appointment so that you can find relief immediately.