When a tooth becomes greatly damaged or decayed, it may infect the inner pulp and nerve of the tooth. When the tooth becomes infected, a toothache usually happens. Toothaches can be very severe. Pain occurs when the infection presses on the nearby tissue.
A root canal is done to repair and save teeth that have become infected or decayed. A root canal is also performed on teeth that have suffered damage from blunt force trauma and have been too badly injured.
When performing a root canal, Dr. Goodwin (or a specialist, called an Endodontist) removes the dead nerve from your tooth. Next, the nerve is sealed off to prevent another infection from happening and to prevent an abscess from forming around your tooth.
If you don’t get a root canal, the tooth will continue to decay or the infection will get worse. It may even go deep into your gums or bone which can be quite painful. You may also notice swelling and discomfort.
If you have a painful tooth, it is important to see a dentist as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the more treatment will be necessary. You may be in pain until the tooth can be fixed.
After the tooth has had a root canal, it no longer has a blood supply or a nerve. The tooth can become brittle and can easily break if it does not have a crown placed over the tooth. It is recommended that a tooth that has had a root canal have a crown placed no later than 6 months after the root canal is completed.
If you have any questions about root canals, don’t hesitate to contact ustoday.