Relieving Tooth Pain with the Help of a Root Canal Treatment

While tooth enamel is a tough substance, as the strongest tissue in the human body, it is still vulnerable to injury. Tooth enamel is a thin, translucent outer layer which covers the dentin below, and protects the tooth pulp below the dentin. Your tooth pulp is home to nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. If this becomes infected, you will need a root canal to save the tooth. Dr. [doctor_name] may recommend a root canal if a tooth is infected due to the following:

  • Deep decay in the tooth.
  • If a tooth has undergone repeated dental procedures.
  • Severe cracking, chipping, or root fracture allowing bacteria to set in.

Signs that you may have an infected or inflamed tooth include:

  • If you have a hole in a tooth.
  • Tooth pain or a persistent toothache.
  • Swelling gums or swelling in your face or neck.
  • Sensitivity to temperature extremes.

If root canal therapy is advised for a damaged tooth in your smile, remember that left untreated, the tooth pulp may die, surrounding bone may be lost, or you may end up losing the tooth. A root canal will relieve you of tooth pain and save your tooth.

Since tooth decay and injury can result in an infected tooth, our [practice_name] team in [city], [state], encourages diligent, daily brushing and flossing combined with regular professional dental cleanings to keep your teeth strong and healthy. We also encourage wearing a sports mouth guard while playing contact sports and high-risk recreational activities to protect against injury.

Please call us at [phone] if you have any questions or concerns, or to schedule a visit with our experienced team. Dr. [doctor_name] and our team in [city], [state], looks forward to relieving you of oral pain and saving your teeth for a healthy, confident smile!

Recovering from a Root Canal

When you go in for a root canal, your dentist will clean out the infected pulp and replace it with medicated material. After the procedure, your tooth will need a few days to fully recover. To help your mouth heal comfortably and quickly, our team at [practice_name] suggests the following:

– Don’t eat until the numbness wears off: Chewing with a numb mouth increases your chances of biting your cheek or tongue, resulting in further discomfort.

– Be gentle with your temporary filler: Fully restoring a tooth after a root canal may take more than one visit to the dentist. If this is the case, and you leave your first appointment with a temporary filler, take extra precautions because temporary fillers can be dislodged. Don’t bite down on the tooth or brush it vigorously until it has received a permanent filler.

– Maintain excellent oral hygiene: Your tooth will heal much faster if it doesn’t have to battle food particles or plaque. Good oral hygiene will also reduce your risk of needing more root canals in the future.

– Talk to your dentist about potential concerns: If you experience severe pain or pressure for more than a few days, contact your dentist. Other issues may be an uneven bite, visible swelling inside or outside the mouth, or an allergic reaction.

If you’re considering a root canal in [city], [state], contact [practice_name] at [phone]. Our dentist, Dr. [doctor_name], provides root canal therapy and is more than happy to sit down with you and discuss your endodontic needs. We look forward to meeting you!