Sometimes a tooth may ache and the pain eventually diminishes, but if you have a persistent toothache that just won’t go away, you may need a root canal treatment. If that is the case, don’t put it off! The pain will only grow worse as the tooth deteriorates. Remember that the goal of a root canal is to relieve you of pain. In addition, today’s root canal is similar to receiving a dental filling, and can usually be done in one or two visits. At Smiley Dental Greenville, our root canal treatment can help you experience extensive relief in Greenville, Texas, from the following symptoms:
- A tooth that hurts when hot or cold food or drinks touch it and long after
- A persistent toothache that is increasingly painful
- Your tooth hurts when you bite down or chew food
What’s inside Your Tooth?
When breaking down the composition of a tooth, here is what you will find: First, you will find a layer of strong tooth enamel. Beneath that lies a material called dentin which is slightly softer. Under the dentin you will see your tooth pulp, which consists of nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels providing nourishment to the tooth.
While a tooth is growing it needs the tooth pulp to supply blood and nourishment to keep it healthy. But once a tooth has grown, it no longer requires the pulp, as the tooth is nourished by the surrounding tissues. For you this means that we can safely remove an infected tooth pulp without harming your smile.
Root Canal Procedure
So what happens during a root canal? First, Dr. Lynh Pham will remove the infected tooth pulp. Next, the affected area will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to prepare for the placement of gutta-percha. This rubberlike material seals and protects the hole left behind after the pulp is cleaned out. Then, a dental filling material will be placed over the gutta-percha. Finally, if the area is too big, or if too much of the tooth required removal, a crown may be required instead of a filling.
Root Canal Trivia
— Over 15 million root canals are done each year.
— This breaks down to about 41,00 root canals every day, so you are not alone!
— It is better to save a tooth by having a root canal rather than having a tooth extracted. One reason is because the gap from a missing tooth allows the surrounding teeth to shift.
Dr. Lynh Pham and our Smiley Dental Greenville team in Greenville, Texas, want to make sure you have the best possible dental experience. Please give us a call if you have any questions or concerns about your smile at 903.355.2304. If you currently have a toothache that just won’t go away, we are here to help!