Why Do I Have Chronic Tooth Pain?
If you have been experiencing recurring tooth pain, it is most likely a sign of infection, commonly due to either decay or damage. Tooth pain that is a result of infected or inflamed pulp tissue requires root canal therapy, a specialized procedure that removes the infection and preserves the tooth. Root canal therapy is not painful; it is designed to relieve tooth pain, with a comfort level similar to getting a cavity filled on a numbed tooth. A root canal ultimately cleans out all infection from the tooth, but also saves the tooth from extraction and restores its function and aesthetics. Our modern root canal therapy is gentle and effective and virtually painless with sedation.
Signs you may need a root canal include:
- Severe toothache
- Pain when biting and chewing
- Tooth discoloration
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity
- Swelling of nearby gums
- Bump on gums near painful tooth
The Effects of Delaying Root Canal Therapy
Tooth infection will not resolve on its own, and if tooth pain goes away, it may be a sign that the nerves inside the tooth have died. Unfortunately, this does not stop the spread of infection to other areas of your mouth. Bacteria from the infection can lead to a tooth abscess, and in the worst cases, can increase your risk for heart attack, stroke, or sepsis if infection enters the bloodstream. The good news is that most serious conditions can be avoided with timely root canal therapy!
Our Root Canal Treatment Process
We always begin your root canal treatment with your optimal comfort in mind by fully numbing the treatment site. Most patients find the first step of root canal therapy is where relief from their tooth pain begins. Next, a portion of your tooth enamel is removed to gain access to the pulp chambers where the infection exists. We then use special dental tools to thoroughly clear the area of infection. We use a hardening material called gutta-percha to fill the empty root canals and then seal the tooth. To restore the strength of the tooth, we will cap it with a custom dental crown. After root canal therapy, you will be able to go about daily activities without any tooth pain.