Feel Better With A Painless Root Canal
- February 6, 2016
What would you think if a dentist told you that you needed a root canal treatment? Would you think of pain or pain relief?
If you and your dentist are having that conversation, it’s probably because you have a toothache, and it probably hurts a lot. It may have been hurting for a while, but you’ve finally gotten to a point where you can’t stand it anymore.
By this point, you already have an infection inside your tooth. It hurts because the pulp inside your tooth, which is where your nerves are located, has become inflamed. Rather than worrying about the pain of a root canal, you should be focused on fixing your problem and ending your suffering.
At Gentle Dental Care, we want to end your pain, and we can do that at our dentist office in Plainville, CT with a pain-free root canal procedure.
The Pain Isn’t Going Away On Its Own
When you have an infection inside your tooth, it hurts. It hurts a lot.
It can hurt so much that it disrupts your day. You may have difficulty concentrating on your work or at school.
It can make eating nearly impossible. You may not be able to chew your lunch without wincing with every bite. Every sip of your soft drink can become a problem, too, because your tooth is too sensitive to the cold or to the sweetness in your beverage.
How long are you going to live that way?
Why You Need A Root Canal Treatment
In everyday language, when someone talks about needing a root canal what they really mean is they need a root canal treatment.
Your root canal is part of your tooth (and it will still be there when your procedure is over). Specifically, the root canal is an opening that runs through the root of your tooth. This opening is how blood vessels and nerves reach the pulp chamber at the center of each tooth.
Tooth decay can eat away at the outside of your tooth for a long time. You may not feel it and you may not notice it until that infection reaches the innermost parts of your tooth.
It’s only when your pulp — where your nerves are found — becomes inflamed that you will feel that painful toothache.
Both tooth decay and gum disease can cause these problems. In addition to pain, you also may notice:
- Bad breath
- A bitter taste inside your mouth
- Red or swollen gums
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
- Swelling of the upper or lower jaw or your neck glands
By putting off your root canal, your suffering will only get worse.
But Don’t Root Canals Treatments Hurt?
We call our practice Gentle Dental Care for a reason. We want our patients to feel comfortable whenever they come to our office. If our patients are in pain, we want to relieve it as soon as possible without causing them any additional suffering.
If you need a root canal, the first thing we will do is use a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the tissues around it. Plus, we offer three types of sedation dentistry to ensure that you won’t feel a thing.
We won’t start the procedure until you are completely numb and comfortably sedated.
During the procedure, Dr. Peltzer will remove the infected pulp from the inside of your tooth.
After all the pulp has been removed, he will clean and sanitize the root canal. To prevent further another infection, your root canal is filled with a special material. Your tooth is then sealed with an overlay or a dental crown for one more layer of protection and to restore the appearance of your teeth.
After you are finished, you may experience some discomfort as your body heals. It should go away after a day or two although you may want to take over-the-counter pain relievers during this time.
You should follow Dr. Peltzer’s directions on what to do to help your recovery go as smoothly as possible.
But the most important thing is this: your toothache will be gone.
Saving Your Tooth
Dentists want to save teeth whenever possible. A root canal treatment can help preserve a tooth that might have been lost otherwise. Even without the nerves and blood vessels, your tooth will receive nutrients from the bone and periodontal tissue around it.
If you have a toothache, act now to end your pain.
Contact Gentle Dental Care to make an appointment today. All you have to do is fill out our online form or call our dentist office in Plainville at 860-479-2397.