At some point you may experience tooth pain that doesn’t dissipate with traditional brushing, flossing and swishing. When this occurs, it is important to remain proactive and determine the source of your discomfort as soon as possible. Dr. Robert Harrell and his expert team at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne inspect your teeth closely during regular checkups, but if something unusual arises between appointments, you need to book a visit right away. You may be in need of endodontic treatment, aka a root canal.
Bacteria and decay go hand-in-hand. When there’s a problem, it’s critical to see within the tooth structure itself. This is where our digital X-rays are invaluable to help us determine the cause of your issue and the extent of the damage. A root canal may be required to remove damaged or inflamed tissue and save your tooth. Read more here:
Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. During root canal treatment, your dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in treating the insides of teeth) removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.
Causes of an infected pulp could include:
a deep cavity
repeated dental procedures
a cracked or broken tooth
injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip) Additional details at Mouth Healthy
Ignoring the Issue Will Only Make It Worse
We want you to contact us as soon as you notice any changes in your smile — don’t put it off until your next appointment. We are happy to schedule emergency sessions and extra checkups as needed. If there is a deep cavity or damaged tooth involved, it is imperative to get it fixed as soon as possible. Some of the reasons patients require a root canal are discussed below:
Why you may need a root canal
Teeth have a soft core called dental pulp. The pulp extends from the crown — the visible part of the tooth — to the tip of the tooth’s root in the jawbone. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp. Left untreated, bacteria and decaying material can cause a serious infection or a tooth abscess, leading to pulp death, bone loss and loss of the tooth itself. Signs and symptoms may include swelling around your face and neck, a hole in your tooth, toothache or tooth pain, gum swelling, and temperature sensitivity. More details at Colgate
Relax…You Are In Great Hands at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne
We understand that you may be apprehensive about endodontic therapy. It has been given a terrible reputation from depictions in movies and television. However, today’s exceptional anesthetic options and our state-of-the-art technology make the process simpler than ever before. Here is more info about root canals and the steps in the process:
What to Expect
X-ray – if a dentist suspects you may need a root canal, he will first take X-rays or examine existing X-rays to show where the decay is located.
Anesthesia – local anesthesia is administered to the affected tooth. Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is no more painful than a filling.
Pulpectomy – an opening is made and the diseased tooth pulp is removed.
Filling – the roots that have been opened (to get rid of the disease pulp) are filled with gutta-percha material and sealed off with cement. Continue at Colgate
We Can Restore Your Smile
At Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne, we pride ourselves on providing a welcoming, worry-free, judgement-free atmosphere where our patients receive the best dental care possible. If you are dealing with a painful tooth or any dental issue, don’t put it off any longer; schedule a dental exam today. Call Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne at 704-541-9888 or use the contact form on the website to set your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.