Tooth pain can be debilitating, especially if it originates in the root of your tooth. It can be a throbbing or a stabbing pain. But pain that comes from the root of your tooth often means that the pulp has become infected and needs treatment.
Don’t ignore tooth nerve pain or control the pain with medication. If the cause is an infection, it can turn dangerous if left untreated. Call the professionals at our dental clinic, your family dentists. A root canal procedure can save the tooth, permanently resolving your pain.
Your restorative dentists have the skills and knowledge to painlessly perform root canal therapy. Their goal is to maintain your dental health. A root canal procedure is just another technique to keep your teeth healthy.
Causes of Tooth Nerve Pain
Most often, a toothache is caused by a cavity that just needs a filling. But if the damage is more severe or if the tooth is already weakened, a filling may not be adequate.
Only your dentist in Astoria, NY can determine if you need a root canal procedure, but some of the symptoms that may lead to a root canal include:
- Untreated and extensive tooth decay
- Intense tooth nerve pain
- A tooth abscess: A tooth that looks darker than your other teeth, which indicates a dying pulp
- A dental crown that’s become loose or faulty
- A tooth that’s been broken, cracked or chipped, exposing its pulp
What Does Root Canal Therapy Involve?
A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and can be performed by a dentist or endodontist (a root canal specialist).
While the tooth is numb, a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. An access opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments.
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.
At the next appointment, usually a week later, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials. A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth. In addition, all teeth that have root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed. This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function.
After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.
You will be given care instructions after each appointment. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.
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