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You don’t want to think about, but you are starting to think it’s inevitable. Your toothache hasn’t gone away like you had hoped, and now, you are wondering, “Do I need a root canal treatment?”
If you live in or near Paradise, the best way to answer that question is by visiting the dentist office of Robert D. Moores, D.D.S. At our California dental practice, our root canal procedure is a pain-free way to address the problems you are already having.
For now, ask yourself the following questions:
▷ Are your teeth more sensitive to heat or cold?
▷ Do your teeth hurt when you bite or chew with them?
▷ Have you noticed pain or swelling near a painful tooth?
▷ Are your gums swollen near the tooth that is causing you pain?
One or more of these could point to an infected tooth and your need for a root canal treatment.
How Teeth Become Infected
A tooth gets infected when bacteria reach the innermost parts of that tooth.
The outer layer of your tooth is enamel, which is the hardest substance on the human body. Under that is a softer, yellower layer called dentin.
In the center of your tooth is the pulp chamber. This contains pulp (a soft, connective tissue), nerves, and blood vessels. The nerves and blood vessels enter the pulp chamber through the root canals, which are openings in the roots of your teeth. You have pulp in your root canals as well.
When bacteria reaches the pulp, it can become inflamed as a result of being infected. This can lead to the increased sensitivity and the various pains that mentioned earlier.
So how do bacteria get that deep into your tooth? There are three common ways.
The first way is tooth decay. Yes, cavities can lead to root canal treatments. This also means this is a preventable problem.
If you visit Dr. Moores’ office early, he can remove the decay and repair your tooth with a filling or a dental crown. In those scenarios, the bacteria would never reach the pulp chamber.
On the other hand, untreated tooth decay will eventually eat through the enamel. Then, it will eat through the dentin until it reaches the chamber in the center of your tooth. At this point, a root canal treatment becomes your best option for saving your tooth.
The second way bacteria can infect your tooth is through gum disease. As pockets form inside your gums, plaque and tartar can build on the roots of a tooth. This gives bacteria a place to start eating into your tooth at the root (which is covered with cementum, not enamel). The distance from the outside of your root to the root canal is also comparatively short.
This is just one of the reason we encourage patients to seek treatment for periodontal disease as soon as they can.
A third way bacteria can reach the inside of your tooth is through trauma. A deep break could create access to the dentin or even the pulp chamber itself. Either way, the bacteria in your mouth won’t have to work as hard to reach your pulp.
What Happens During A Root Canal Treatment
First and foremost, we want you to be comfortable. We can do this by numbing your tooth and the tissue around it, or we can provide you with oral sedation.
Oral sedation is a form of sedation dentistry in which the patient takes medication before the treatment begins. This will put you in a semi-conscious state in which you may feel like you are asleep. You won’t feel any pain, and you often don’t remember anything about your procedure when you are feeling the effects of the medicine.
You will need a family member or friend to take you home if you receive oral sedation.
When we are sure you won’t feel any pain, the dentist will create an opening so he can access the innermost parts of your infected tooth. Using special tools, he will remove the pulp, nerves, and blood vessels.
After the tooth has been cleaned, sanitized, and sealed, it will need to be sealed. That seal may be created with a dental filling or a dental crown. Whichever option is used, your tooth will be whole and intact, and the pains you had been experiencing will fade away.
Stop Wincing And Start Smiling Again
A toothache can be terrible. It makes everyday activities, like eating, much harder. It also becomes a distraction from things you want or have to do.
Dr. Moores can end your pain, but you have to take the bull by the horns and make an appointment at our dentist office in Paradise, CA. You can do that by contacting us online or by calling 530-413-7002.
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