Constant tooth pain is never normal and often a sign that a tooth has become infected. When a tooth is infected, bacteria penetrates the tooth structure and damages the internal nerves and pulp tissue within. Without treatment, the infection can spread to surrounding teeth, infect other parts of your body, and even cause you to lose your tooth.
We offer gentle and effective root canal treatment to remove infection and save your oral health. Root canal therapy is generally the most feared dental procedure. Contrary to what most believe, root canal treatment is actually a pain-free procedure and ultimately relieves tooth pain and saves your natural tooth! Our dedicated team at The Smile Centre will help put your fears at ease.
If you think you may need root canal treatment, please call the experienced dentists at the South Trail Sarasota location at 941-366-3636, or the University Palm Aire Plaza Sarasota office at 941-351-4468.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
In the past, seriously decayed and infected teeth resulted in removing teeth. This was often the only option. Modern dentistry changed all the way we do dentistry. A root canal procedure becomes necessary when infection has spread into the inner chambers of the teeth. The dentist removes the affected tissue and seals the sterilized chamber. Voila! Your tooth is restored to its former strength and structure.
“Root canals” are also called endodontic treatment, or endodontics.
The only way to know if you need a root canal is to visit our dentists. Give us a call if you are concerned about symptoms. Common signs of severe tooth infection include:
- Constant tooth pain
- Sensitivity, especially in reaction to hot and cold beverages or food
- Constant bad breath
- Pain when you bite and chew
- Facial swelling
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Swollen, tender gums or an abscess on gums
You should seek emergency care if you have swelling and a fever. These symptoms could indicate a severe infection. Our dentists want to help you treat the problem before it gets to this point.
What Causes These Types of Infections
These infections affect the dental pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels. The pulp is housed within the root canals. The dentist safely and painlessly removes the pulp during this procedure. The remaining tooth structure will be able to survive without the pulp. If left untreated, the infection can cause an abscess, which can lead to swelling of the face and neck, and bone loss around the roots of the teeth. Prompt treatment is essential.
So, what causes these types of infections in the first place? Here are a few common causes:
- Deep cavities
- Cracked teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Tooth injury or trauma
These things provide an opening through which bacteria can burrow into the dental pulp. The infection spreads if the pulp is not removed.
How Painful is a Root Canal?
The procedure itself is not painful. The entire treatment area is numbed first, so you will not feel anything the dentist is doing other than light pressure. With local anesthetic, you will be fully awake. If desired, we offer nitrous oxide for all dental procedures including root canal therapy. We also offer oral sedation if you would like to be sedated for these services. It is completely dependent upon your comfort level and preferences.
A little soreness and minimal discomfort in the hours following the procedure is normal, as the anesthetic wears off. The tenderness should go away within a few days.
Root canal patients experience relief that is well worth any post-procedure discomfort. Unless the nerve had been completely destroyed by the infection, you are likely experiencing a lot of pain because of the inflamed and infected dental pulp. You may also experience severe tooth sensitivity. Dealing with these symptoms on a daily basis is difficult and taxing. Root canal treatment will restore your tooth to its full function.
The Endodontic Procedure Process
The basic steps in the procedure are as follows:
- The tooth and surrounding area are completely numbed
- The tooth is isolated to keep it clean and free of saliva during the procedure
- The dentist carefully removes the infected tooth pulp using special dental tools
- The root canals are cleaned and re-shaped so that no bacteria linger there
- An antiseptic rinse is used as a final way of killing any remaining bacteria in the root canals
- The root canals are filled and sealed with a biocompatible material
In most cases, a temporary filling is placed to close the opening.
The filling is later removed and replaced with a permanent dental crown or another filling
Arrange a Consultation or Call us if You have Tooth Pain
If you think you need root canal treatment, please call The South Trail Sarasota location at 941-366-3636, or the University Palm Aire Plaza Sarasota office at 941-351-4468.