Take Comfort In Knowing A Root Canal Will End Your Pain
We see the dread in our patients’ eyes when we tell them they are going to need a root canal.
Many patients who are normally comfortable visiting the dentist start to experience dental anxiety. We can only imagine what thoughts are going through their minds.
Root canal treatments have such a bad, yet undeserved reputation. Our dentists in Rochester Hills, MI, want you to know that you should feel comforted when you learn you are getting a root canal treatment.
Sound crazy? We will explain why it isn’t in a moment.
Why You Might Need A Root Canal
It probably starts with something small. You feel some pain in one of your teeth, but you don’t think much of it.
As time passes, the pain gets worse. Eventually, it reaches a point where you know you need help, so you call the dentist to get some relief. That’s when you learn that you will need a root canal treatment.
Too often, this scenario or something similar is how people learn they need a root canal. But what caused the initial problem that led to the tooth becoming infected?
The short answer is that bacteria reached the pulp, a soft connective tissue located in innermost parts of your tooth. When the pulp is infected, it can become inflamed, which can lead to the pain that you experience as a toothache.
It can cause pain when you bite or chew with that tooth. You also may notice that the tooth in question is more sensitive to heat and cold.
Bacteria can reach the pulp primarily in one of three ways:
► Tooth decay
Tooth decay is the result of bacteria eating away at the enamel of your teeth. This is what creates cavities.
As the bacteria eats through the enamel and the dentin (the layer below the enamel), it can reach the pulp chamber. This is when the infection can develop.
► Gum disease
As gum disease takes hold, it can create pockets that allow bacteria, plaque, and tartar to form around the roots of your teeth. If bacteria eats into the roots, it’s a short trip to reach the root canals.
These are the openings where nerves and blood vessels enter your teeth. The canals also contain the soft pulp, which can become inflamed.
► Damage to your tooth
This can occur any number of ways. A broken tooth could expose your dentin or even the pulp chamber in a severe break. Either way, bacteria don’t have to work as hard to get to the pulp chamber.
Cracks in teeth can have the same effect. Like cavities, cracks create openings to the softer parts in your teeth.
If you get treated for this issues early, it’s possible that your tooth will never become infected, so you won’t need a root canal treatment.
Please call 248.266.2528 if you are experiencing any oral health issues. Our dentists in Rochester Hills, MI, are here to help however we can.
Root Canal Treatments Remove The Infection
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we hate to see our patients in pain. We certainly don’t want to cause you any pain.
We have the training and the experience to remove your tooth infection and end your suffering. And we can do the procedure painlessly.
At a minimum, we will provide local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding soft tissue. Many patients prefer something stronger, however, which is why we offer sedation dentistry as well.
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can put you in a euphoric state in which you won’t feel any pain at all. Patients will higher levels of dental anxiety may prefer oral sedation. This means taking a pill prior to your appointment (and making arrangements for someone else to bring you to and take you from our office).
With either type of sedation dentistry, you can stay relaxed until the treatment is over.
After the infection is removed, your tooth will be restored and sealed. The toothache you had been experiencing should fade away, and you should get back to feeling like yourself.
Ask Us Your Root Canal Questions
If you think you may need a root canal treatment, please call us as soon as possible. The earlier you act, the more pain you will avoid.
Our dentists can explain how we do root canal treatments in a pain-free way. To request an appointment, call [pohne] or contact us online.