Have any of your teeth had sharp pains and been extra sensitive, or have been sensitive to hot foods, in particular? When you chew or bite do you notice that the pain increases? You might also be experiencing tender and swollen gums around a tooth. Why does this happen and what can be done? Read on to find out.
Don’t Ignore These Symptoms!
When teeth produce painful symptoms like these it is a cause for concern because it could indicate that you have a tooth whose pulpy inside is infected. Without treatment, the pain may come and go for a while, but eventually it could intensify and spread, causing gum tissue around the root to swell. Severe infections can cause facial swelling and more. It is a good idea to contact us at Sehnert Precision Dentistry at the first sign of these symptoms and let us check it out.
Why Your Tooth Aches
Pain is nature’s way of telling us that something is wrong, so we are wise to heed that warning. Although tooth enamel is one of the hardest materials in our bodies, it isn’t totally invulnerable. Teeth can fracture and develop cracks and suffer from other trauma. The nerves and blood vessels inside the tooth are then vulnerable to infection-causing bacteria and decay. Unless treated, you will eventually feel pain as the bacteria and decay advance. This is called an abscess.
Why a Root Canal Procedure Can Save Your Tooth
Years ago, when a tooth developed an abscess, there was no choice but to extract the tooth. Fortunately, an adult tooth receives nourishment from surrounding tissue and can survive without the pulp and nerves in the roots. This discovery allowed dentists to develop the root canal procedure. This procedure removes the infected pulp and nerves and fills the now-empty space with a rubber-like material. The opening is then covered with filling material or a crown to protect the tooth.
What was once a rare procedure has become a routine treatment for abscessed teeth. In fact, over 15 million root canals are completed yearly. Advances in treatment mean that the procedure causes little, if any discomfort, and can be completed in one appointment.
Please don’t postpone caring for a tooth that is causing you pain or discomfort. If it has been a while since you have been in to see me, or if you are experiencing any oral pain, contact my office today. We will schedule an examination and develop a treatment that is appropriate for you. I look forward to seeing you.