If you have ever had a toothache, you know how terrible they can be. A toothache can be incredibly painful and debilitating. A toothache can be caused by different reasons ranging from a cavity to a broken tooth even to sinus issues. When a toothache is caused by an infection inside of your tooth’s inner pulp, a root canal treatment may become necessary. The words “root canal treatment” may conjure up a certain level of fear in the pit of your stomach. Thanks to modern dentistry techniques, root canal treatments are often no more painful than the toothache they are relieving.
What To Expect
Root canal treatment is also known as endodontic treatment. It is the process of thoroughly disinfecting the inner chamber or inner pulp of your tooth. It can involve removing damaged or infected pieces of your tooth and/or soft tissue. The root canal of your tooth is where the nerve endings live, which is why the toothache can become so severe. Once decay has reached this area, it can cause painful infection or inflammation. To prevent the spread of bacteria to the rest of your mouth or body, your dentist will thoroughly clean the area. Once the tooth is disinfected, your dentist may fill the area with a plastic-like substance called gutta percha to strengthen the inner pulp of the tooth. To protect and restore the function and appearance of your tooth, a crown may be applied.
What If You Skip It
If your dentist recommends a root canal treatment, it is their intent to save your tooth. Once tooth decay has infected the inner cavities of your tooth, it can lead to severe and sometimes deadly infections. Tooth decay does not go away on its own. The infection can spread and the toothache can become more severe. Once the decay and infection become too severe to treat with root canal treatment, the only option left may be a dental extraction.
A root canal treatment can help relieve a toothache
A root canal treatment may be the way to save your tooth. To schedule a consultation with Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX, call us at 903-455-5750. We proudly serve patients from Hunt County, Greenville, Royce City, Sulphur Springs, and all surrounding communities.