They may look simple, but teeth are actually pretty complicated. They have a few parts, including soft tissue beneath the hard enamel on the outside of the tooth.
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that is concerned with treating the tooth’s soft tissue. Endodontic problems can be really troublesome. They’re often accompanied by moderate to severe pain and can make eating and drinking difficult. Common symptoms of an endodontic problem include:
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Root canals have a bad reputation. By the time most people reach adulthood, they’ve heard about the discomfort that a root canal causes.
That’s unfortunate, because root canals are incredibly effective therapy. More importantly, they can save your tooth and eliminate your pain.
Left untreated, the tooth may develop deep decay or an abscess, which will increase your discomfort all while endangering your dental health.
We tend to be more afraid of things we don’t know and understand, and since we’ve known someone who had a “bad” root canal that’s all we know.
Root canals aren’t that bad, though. They’re simple: During the procedure, all we do is penetrate the tooth’s enamel, remove the infected dental pulp, seal, and replace it with a composite filling.
That’s it. And when it’s over, you’ll have a healthy, natural tooth. You’ll also be free from pain.
While teeth seem solid, they actually have a few layers.
There’s the outer enamel layer, which you can see, of course. Below that layer, there’s the dentin, and below the dentin, there is the pulp.
Just like you can get tooth decay on the enamel, you can also get decaying tissue inside the tooth.
If the inside of your tooth is decaying, you’ll need a root canal.
Tooth decay is unpleasant. If the inside of your tooth has decay, you can expect:
Left untreated, these symptoms can become even more unpleasant. Root canal therapy can help alleviate this pain and allow your teeth and gums to heal.
The procedure itself shouldn’t hurt, but afterwards you may experience some swelling and pain. We may prescribe medication to help. Additionally, you can apply a cold compress to your cheek to get the swelling to go down.
Avoid eating or chewing anything hard or sticky. Soft foods may make eating easier, though you don’t have to only eat soft foods if you aren’t in pain.
If you’re experiencing anxiety at the thought of a dental procedure, we can help. We offer sedation dentistry. If you’re too scared of the procedure, we have a variety of ways to make things easier on you.