Your tooth hurts, but why? Is it just a bit of sensitivity? Did you crack your tooth? Or has serious decay set in? Most adults are no stranger to tooth pain, but it can be difficult to find the boundary line between coping with the pain and seeing your dentist for a more serious plan of attack.
When tooth pain becomes too intense to be categorized as mild, a root canal might be necessary. Nearly 15 million people undergo root canal procedures annually, and though this process has a reputation of being painful, root canal technology has become so advanced in the last decade that the entire treatment can be completed without causing any pain or discomfort.
Signs You Might Need a Root Canal
A root canal is often necessary when a tooth becomes deeply infected and inflamed due to dental decay. Since the injured tissue cannot heal like normal tissue, the level of pain caused by such infection and inflammation is often excruciating. If you experience at least one of the following symptoms, you should see a dentist to determine if a root canal is your best treatment option.
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold foods and liquids
- Chronic oral pain
- Tenderness and swelling of the gums
- Pain when you chew or talk
Don’t Just Ignore the Pain
If the decay inside of the tooth is not removed, the tooth eventually dies and causes even more problems inside the mouth. A root canal prevents further damage by removing the infected nerve and pulp out of the center of the tooth through a tiny hole.
How Does a Root Canal Work?
Once the infected nerve and pulp is removed from your damaged tooth, your dentist cleans the space, fills it with a material called gutta percha, and seals the top so no other bacteria can enter. A seal or crown on the top of the tooth completes the process. Since no other material or man-made object can replace a natural tooth, a root canal makes it possible for the natural tooth to remain intact without threatening your comfort or overall health.
At Citrus Endodontics in North and South Tampa, Dr. Demirjian and his team specialize in root canals that save natural teeth, eliminate chronic oral pain, and help patients feel confident with their smiles once again. Call (813) 374-2290 today to make your appointment at Citrus Endodontics and give your teeth the attention they need.