Take Care And You Won’t Need A Root Canal
- January 9, 2016
Imagine sitting down to eat breakfast. You’ve fixed a short stack of pancakes with some warm maple syrup, scrambled eggs, and some bacon. Everything’s fine until your first bite …
It seems like the pain came out of nowhere. Your teeth are aching.
You take a sip of your coffee, but that seems to make it worse. You feel the outside of your cheek, and it almost feels like your gums are swollen right in the spot where you are feeling the pain.
You put down your fork and head the closest mirror. When you look at the tooth where the pain is coming from, it looks dark. Was it that way yesterday?
You could have an infected tooth, and you may need a root canal. Good thing you live within driving distance of Gentle Dental Care in Plainville.
This Is Going To Hurt … Or Is It?
You’ve had a bit of dental anxiety, not so much for regular cleanings, but for just this kind of situation. You’ve always heard that root canals are painful are, but the staff at Gentle Dental Care said a root canal procedure won’t hurt. Instead, they said it will relieve your pain.
What has happened is the pulp of your tooth has become infected. The pulp is the soft substance at the center of your tooth. This is where blood vessels and nerves run into your tooth.
Some bacteria reached the pulp of your tooth, where it has started to multiply. This infection caused you to have an abscessed tooth. These means there is a pocket filled with pus at the end of the root of your tooth.
If you hadn’t come to the dentist, your infected may have caused more swelling in your face and neck. You may have started to see and feel something draining from your tooth, and you risked bone loss in your jaw.
From what you understand, you were showing almost all the symptoms that you needed a root canal, such as:
- Sensitivity to hot, cold, and sweets (like that maple syrup)
- A discolored tooth
- Swelling of your gums
- An abscess on your gums
- And a toothache when you put pressure on your tooth, like when you were chewing food
What Will Happen Now?
When you sit down in the dentist chair, our own Dr. Peltzer will give you some local anesthetic. We also offer IV sedation dentistry, so you know you won’t feel anything.
Using a high-tech tool, Dr. Peltzer will clean the inside of your infected tooth. When the tooth is ready, he’ll fill the tooth with a special material.
To reduce your risk of another infection, we will make an impression of your teeth so they can make a dental crown for you. Because this will take some time, we will place a temporary crown after your procedure.
We’ll bond your permanent crown in place when it’s ready.
If you undergo sedation, you should make arrangements for someone else to drive you home after the procedure is over. You will be groggy for a few hours, and you may want to rest when you get home.
In the days after your procedure, you will may experience some discomfort as you heal. During these days you may take some over-the-counter pain medicine, or you might get a prescription pain reliever to ease your pain.
Preventing The Need For A Root Canal Procedure
While root canal treatment is intended to relieve your pain, it’s better for you if you never need one.
So, what can you to do reduce your chances of needing a root canal? You should practice preventive dental care.
This starts at home by brushing your teeth twice a day, every day, for two minutes each time with a fluoride toothpaste.
You also need to clean between your teeth and gums at least once a day. You can use dental floss or some other interdental device, but make sure you get to those in-between places that you can’t reach with your toothbrush.
Last, but not least, you need to make regular appointments for cleanings and exams at Gentle Dental Care.
Call Now So You Won’t Have To Later
If you haven’t already, schedule at an appointment by using our online form or call Gentle Dental Care in Plainville at 860-479-2397.