Root canal pain is a type of pain in its own special category of misery. This agony sends many patients to Dr. Jacqueline S. Allen of Phoenix Endodontic Group for help. Here’s what you should know about this problem and how Dr. Allen can solve it!
Even patients in excellent dental health could experience a root canal problem. Imagine biting down on a piece of ice and accidentally cracking your tooth. The nerve in the tooth becomes inflamed and unhappy, letting you know about the problem with intense pain. This situation is made worse if infection sets in by way of the crack, which may be unnoticeable. Expect Throbbing, aching, dull, or intense pain, according to Dr. Allen.
Another contributor to root canal pain is decay, which again may not be obvious to the patient. As a tooth decays, bacteria grows and eventually will cause the tooth’s inner pulp to be infected. Swelling may occur throughout the mouth and jaw and could even include your face and neck. Forget about sleeping through the night or wishing to chew anything firmer than a banana once the issue has progressed this far.
Root canal pain can result from a variety of reasons but in general it is from an inflamed nerve inside of the tooth or a dental pulp abscess (which is a dead nerve). One is inflammation and the other is infection, says Dr. Allen.
The good news is that Dr. Allen can make this pain a very temporary situation through advanced technology and modern root canal treatment. The inner part of the tooth must be thoroughly cleaned and all infected tissue removed. The tooth will then be filled with a durable material called gutta percha. Sealing the tooth follows, and the process is completed with the installation of a crown. Before you know it, you are pain-free and your smile is dazzling!
The best prevention for dental issues is a routine exam. Should a problem be discovered or you experience the type of sudden injury described above, Dr. Allen and Phoenix Endodontic Group are well equipped to get you back to smiling!