Don't Ignore the Pain — A Root Canal Could Save Your Tooth

Though tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in your body, it covers other, softer tissues that can become damaged or decayed, threatening the integrity of the tooth from the inside. Without treatment, you could join the 178 million Americans who are missing one or more teeth. 

However, fully developed permanent teeth can remain intact without the soft pulp at the core of the tooth, and it’s an easy process to remove, clean, and fill the space inside your tooth. Even considering dental implants, there’s still no replacement method that’s equal to a natural tooth. This process, called root canal therapy, preserves the life of your natural tooth. 

Hidden infections

The most common reason for a root canal therapy is treating an infection that affects your tooth’s pulp, the soft tissue in the space at the core of your tooth, called the root canal. The pulp can become infected due to severe decay or damage. 

Symptoms of tooth infection can include:

Infection often causes pain as it affects the nerves and pulp tissue in the root canal. An injury to the face can also cause damage to this tissue. 

Preserving your natural tooth

When the pulp inside your tooth is damaged, infected, or decaying, a root canal is typically the best option for treatment. The process starts with X-rays of the affected tooth to evaluate the extent of the infection. 

Local anesthetics administered around the tooth numb the nerves inside and around the infected tooth, blocking pain and helping you to stay comfortable during the procedure. Once the anesthetic takes effect, the remainder of the process, which takes about an hour, is typically painless. 

We open the root canal via a hole drilled in the crown of the tooth, through which specialized tools clean out damaged tissue, pus, and infection by-products. The canal is cleaned, filled, and sealed.

Depending on the condition of the tooth, we may recommend a dental crown to help preserve the strength of the tooth if it has been significantly weakened. 

If you were suffering pain because of the infection that required root canal therapy, you might be surprised to find you feel significantly less pain after your procedure. However, your tooth and the area surrounding it may feel sore or tender for a day or two. Some learn that they feel less tooth pain immediately after their root canal procedure than they did beforehand. It’s common for the tooth to be sensitive for a few days after treatment, but any side effects will fade in just a couple of days.

Contact the professionals at Marietta Dental and Implant Center at the first sign of a tooth infection. It may even be possible to clear the infection without root canal therapy, but you’re in good hands with their root canal specialists. You can call the office or use the Book Online tool on this page. Don’t delay. The sooner you respond to a tooth infection or damage, the less you’ll suffer.  

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