Tooth sensitivity can really cramp your lifestyle. It makes your morning cup of coffee unbearable, your ice cold water excruciating, and even brushing becomes unimaginably painful. You’ve tried toothpaste for sensitivity, but that hasn’t seemed to help. The folks at Sehnert Precision Dentistry urge you to see your dentist immediately. Why? You could be in need of a root canal.
An Undeserved Reputation
In popular culture, root canal treatments have become synonymous with pain and misery. The truth is that it doesn’t hurt at all. While no one wants to undergo a procedure that requires drilling, getting root canal therapy is not a big deal. In fact, it’s a routine procedure that only requires local anesthesia to numb the affected area.
There are several reasons that one might require a root canal: deep decay, a crack or chip in the tooth, or even an injury that leaves no visible signs of damage can all cause the tooth pulp (the tissue inside the root canal) to become inflamed or infected. If left untreated, you can expect profound pain and possibly even lose the tooth. Because the treatment is painless and simple, there is no reason anyone should put off treatment.
Once your dentist has determined that your tooth and gums have been sufficiently numbed, expect the following procedure to occur:
- Your dentist will create a small hole on the surface of the affected tooth.
- The infected tooth pulp will be removed and the canal will be cleaned and prepared for the filling
- The canal will be filled with a soft material called gutta-percha, and finally …
- A filling will be placed over the material, covering the hole created by your dentist
If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, don’t wait for it to go away. The longer you go without treatment for an infected root canal, the greater your chances of tooth loss. Do yourself (and your teeth) a favor and contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We are conveniently located at 501 W. Main Street and serve the Lewisville, Texas community. We can’t wait to see your smile.