Experiencing Tooth Pain?
A root canal is one of the most effective ways of relieving certain kinds of tooth pain. When damage to a tooth is severe, our dentists may recommend root canal treatments.
A root canal is a dental treatment designed to solve problems in the nerve tissue of a tooth. If you feel sharp pain when biting down or sense a lingering pain when eating cold or hot foods it can be an indicator of a dental problem that may benefit from a root canal.
When an infection or inflammation occurs in the pulp tissue of a tooth, the experience can be painful. Without treatment the problem can worsen, eventually causing an abscess and systemic problems in other parts of the body.
Root canal treatment is one of the most effective ways of relieving this pain and contrary to what most believe, has become no more uncomfortable than getting a common dental filling.
What Causes a Tooth to Need a Root Canal?
Tooth damage occurs when bacteria comes in contact with the center pulp tissue of the tooth. This can happen through a tooth compromised due to an untreated cavity, a chip or crack in a tooth, having multiple fillings or restorations on a tooth, or by extensive orthodontic work. Basically anything that can cause a break in a tooth’s protective enamel coating to allow bacteria to enter.
How Is a Root Canal Done?
At Bluff Creek Dental, we start our root canals by numbing the tooth, just like we would if you were getting a dental filling.
Next, we make a small opening in the damaged tooth. Using tiny instruments, Dr. Schold or Dr. Smars will remove the infected pulp tissue and clean, disinfect, and prepare the canal for a filling. The opening is then sealed. Our doctors may recommend a dental crown or other restoration solution to protect the tooth in the long term.
Does Getting a Root Canal Hurt?
With advances in dentistry, it’s comparable to getting a filling done. The truth is that root canals eliminate way more pain than they cause. Your root canal treatment will relieve the pain you feel in your teeth.
It is common for a tooth to feel sensitive and tender for a few days after your root canal dental treatment. Avoid biting down hard on the treated tooth. Most post-treatment discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen.
Contact Bluff Creek Dental Dental Services Today
Root canal treatment is an extremely common procedure for our doctors. If you are feeling pain, contact us today. We look forward to helping strengthen your smile.