We’ve seen “the look” on too many patients’ faces when someone says, “You need a root canal.”
We know that this is one of the most feared procedures in dental care. We also know that it can cause dental anxiety in people who usually don’t have any problem coming to the dentist.
We also want you to know that it’s going to be OK.
It’s not great that you need a root canal treatment. It does mean that something is wrong, after all.
But the procedure itself is nowhere near as bad as many people are convinced that it is going to be.
At our dentist office in Spring, TX, root canals can be done practically painlessly. To put it another way, this isn’t your grandfather’s root canal treatment.
We use modern techniques and tools, and we can offer sedation dentistry, to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.
Why Does Your Tooth Hurt?
Your teeth should not be painful. If they are, then something is wrong.
Tooth infections can lead to a variety of painful problems:
◼ Your tooth can feel sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks.
◼ Your tooth can hurt when you use it to bite or chew.
◼ You could have a toothache that lingers.
◼ You could have a toothache that comes and goes.
Any one of these can be a sign of an infected tooth, although it’s quite possible that you will experience more than one of these problems.
The important thing to remember is that you should call our dentist office in Spring, TX, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
What Causes Tooth Infections?
Bacteria. These are the same bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. All they need is an opportunity to get inside your tooth.
A cavity is one way that can happen. Once bacteria starts to eat away at your enamel, it will keep eating into your tooth until it reaches the pulp chamber. This contains pulp (a soft connective tissue), blood vessels, and nerves.
When your pulp becomes inflamed, it puts pressure on your blood vessels and nerves, which can cause you pain.
Something similar can happen if you have a broken or cracked tooth. These can create shortcuts for bacteria to get inside your tooth. Once inside, they can reach the center of your teeth even faster.
With gum disease, the attack is more likely to come from the roots of your teeth. As gum disease progresses, more of your roots are exposed. Plaque and tartar can form on your roots, allowing bacteria to eat into that part of your tooth.
The roots, not surprisingly, are where you root canals are located. This is where the nerves and blood vessels enter your tooth. You also have pulp in your root canals, so once again, this is a place where bacteria can cause pulp to become inflamed.
How Does A Root Canal Treatment Work?
The point of a root canal is to remove the infection from your tooth. That means removing the inflamed pulp along with the blood vessels and the nerves.
That means sanitizing the inside of your tooth after it has been cleaned out. It also means filling the tooth with a special material that helps it hold its shape and reduces your risk of reinfection.
To seal the tooth, we often bond a dental crown in place, although there are times when a dental filling may be all you need.
Once the infected has been removed, you should notice that your toothache or other pains go away rather quickly.
How Can This Be Done Painlessly?
First, our staff members will do everything we can to help you relax. We can provide you with a pillow and blanket to feel cozy. We also can turn on one of your favorite shows to give you something to distract yourself during the procedure.
We will provide you with a local anesthetic, but we can go a step further if you would like with dental sedation. We offer both nitrous oxide and oral sedation if you are interested.
Just remember that root canals are performed to alleviate your pain, not cause more of it.
How Can You Learn More?
You can schedule a visit to Texas Dental Group. You can do this by requesting an appointment online or by calling 832-791-1706.