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If a pain you’ve been feeling goes away, you might believe the problem that caused it is gone too. But that doesn’t mean it has, especially with a tooth. An excruciating toothache that suddenly stops should still be examined. Here’s why.
Tooth decay often works its way into a tooth’s innermost layer, the pulp, which contains bundles of nerves and other tissue. The infection attacks the nerves, which send pain signals to the brain. As the infection persists, though, the nerves will eventually die and will no longer be capable of sending pain signals — hence the “mysterious” end of your toothache.
Although the pain has stopped, the infection is very much active in the tooth and will continue to work its way through the root canals to the jaw. And ultimately, the pain will return as the infection invades the bone.
But there’s good news: a tooth in this condition can be saved with a procedure known as root canal therapy. We drill a small hole in the tooth to access the pulp, usually through the biting surface of back teeth or in the rear in front teeth. Once inside the pulp chamber, we clean out the infected and dead tissue. We then fill the empty pulp chamber and the root canals with a special filling and seal the access hole. In a few weeks the tooth receives a life-like crown to further protect it from re-infection and fracture years later.
A straightforward root canal treatment can be performed by a general dentist. If there are complications like a complex root canal network, however, then the skills and specialized equipment of an endodontist (a specialist in root canals) may be needed.
A root canal treatment resolves the real cause of a toothache that suddenly stopped, as well as puts an end to future pain and infection related to the tooth. More importantly, it can save your tooth and add many more years to its life.
If you would like more information on tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Severe Toothache.”
Find out what your oral symptoms are trying to tell you about the health of your smile.
You are dealing with dental pain, but you just want to ignore it. Do you? Well, if you value the health of your smile then you absolutely shouldn’t just ignore a toothache. Our Tampa, FL, periodontist Dr. Maria Torres and endodontist Dr. Alberto Ruiz are here to tell you what might be causing your toothache and why you might just need root canal therapy.
What are the indicators that you might need root canal therapy?
Sure, it’s not always possible to know whether or not you need a root canal, which is why everyone can benefit from visiting their Tampa, FL, dentist every six months for routine care. These routine visits aren’t just meant for people dealing with dental issues. Besides getting a thorough dental cleaning we can also pinpoint problems that you may not even know are happening.
Of course, some people do experience symptoms and it’s important that you know what to look out for if these symptoms do surface since you’ll need to seek dental treatment right away. The first telltale sign that something is wrong is a toothache.
Now, if you experience a toothache you may immediately think to call us. This is the right decision! Of course, some people hope that their dental pain will just go away by itself. This rarely happens. A toothache is usually a warning of decay, trauma or an infection that has reached the dental pulp (a structure within the tooth).
Once the pulp has been damaged in any way it needs to be extracted in order to preserve the structure of the tooth. If a toothache is ignored this can lead to tooth loss or even bone loss.
Besides dental pain, you may also notice sensitivity in the tooth. This sensitivity will often appear when you eat or drink anything that is hot or cold. So, if the next time you take a sip of a steaming cup of coffee or bite into an ice cream cone and your tooth starts to retaliate, this is certainly something to look into right away. While a toothache or tooth sensitivity don’t necessarily mean that you’ll need a root canal, it is possible and will require a checkup.
Don’t let a toothache wreak havoc on your oral health. Turn to the endodontic and periodontic experts in Tampa, FL. Call Endodontics & Periodontics Associates of Tampa Bay right away to get the proper emergency care you need.
If your tooth is already damaged beyond the point of a filling, don’t despair--it may still be possible to save your tooth. When a filling isn’t enough, a root canal performed by your Tampa Bay, FL dentist can bring you the relief you need and restore your healthy smile.
Root canals aren’t as painful as you may think. Like any dental procedure, appropriate anesthesia is used to ensure a comfortable experience. Most people find that it’s no more difficult to receive a root canal than it is to receive a filling, so there’s no reason to put it off and leave yourself in pain.
What Does a Root Canal Do?
A root canal removes the damaged inner tissue of your tooth to kill an infection at its source. The tissue inside the tooth is called the pulp, which is living tissue with blood vessels and nerves. An infection here can create significant pain which sometimes radiates throughout the jaw or the head.
To get rid of the infection, your dentist will take the following steps:
- Create a small hole in your tooth. This gives them access to the inside of your tooth so they can remove the damaged tissue.
- Clean out the tooth. The pulp, bacteria and debris are removed through the small hole, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned. Sometimes a medication is applied inside the tooth for extra defense against infection.
- Fill in the space. The inner chambers of the tooth are filled in with a sealer paste, and a filling is used to close the hole in the outer tooth.
- Place a crown. The crown covers your tooth completely to reinforce its structure and keep bacteria out. It can be made of either metal or tooth-colored materials, usually porcelain or ceramic.
Root Canals in Tampa, FL
A root canal is a routine dental procedure that can ease a severe toothache and prevent it from returning in the future. If you’re ready to get out of pain and save your aching tooth, visit Endodontics & Periodontics Associates of Tampa Bay to learn how a root canal can help. For root canals in Tampa, FL, call (813) 960-9080 or request your appointment now.