February 9, 2018
Have you ever had dental pain that is just plain distracting? The throbbing on the side of your face can become unbearable, interrupting your daily life and halting your normal thought process.
If you have dental pain that’s excruciating, that’s a sign that there’s a much bigger dental concern and that your smile—and overall health—could be at stake. Learn more about where serious dental pain could be coming from in this week’s blog post from your dentist in Anaheim.
Why is my tooth hurting?
One of the most prevalent causes of dental pain is tooth decay. Decaying teeth become weak and can become susceptible to infection from bad bacteria and other materials lingering around the mouth. As you can imagine, once the decay reaches the inner layers of your tooth—like where the nerves reside—you can experience increased levels of discomfort. This is known as an abscessed tooth.
Abscessed teeth are threats to your smile and your whole body’s health. The decay can spread to neighboring teeth, creating dark pits, infections, and eventually lead to lost teeth.
Although you may be tempted to try to remedy your tooth pain with over the counter medications or even a hot tea bag (a popular home treatment), you could risk just addressing the pain and not the actual cause of your dental problem.
This is where your local dentist should step in to help—if you let them. By visiting your local dental practice, they will be able to identify your infected tooth and actually clean it out with a root canal.
What is a root canal?
When you consider root canal therapy for a toothache, your Anaheim dentist will basically remove the infectious material from your tooth, including the root.
After numbing the affected area, they’ll simply drill a small hole in the top of your tooth. This opens the tooth so that your dentist can access the insides with tiny dental files. Once the infection is cleaned out, your tooth will be sealed with a temporary filling and given time to heal with special instructions from your dentist. Finally, the tooth is capped with a dental crown and sealed of all future infections.
Are root canals painful?
Believe it or not, your dentist really wants to help you recover your smile, not cause you any pain. That’s why your dentist will only recommend treatments like a root canal when they are completely necessary, although the procedure itself is relatively painless.
After treatment, you may be given a prescription for pain medication to help eliminate any room for discomfort. Most patients are pleasantly surprised that they have positive dental experiences when they get their root canal from us!
About Our Office
Here at Hillsview Dental Care, we know that dental pain is nothing to joke about. It can be distracting, discomforting, and downright agonizing. That’s why we do everything in our power to help relieve your tooth pain by calling on our expertise, resources, and tools. Learn more about how we can help you by giving us a quick call today.
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