The idea of having a root canal causes a great deal of apprehension for many people. The association of pain with a root canal leads many people to fear the procedure. Although some discomfort during and after a root canal is common, excessive pain is not the norm when the procedure is performed with care.
A root canal is a treatment used to repair a tooth’s infected pulp, which is a soft substance in the center of the tooth consisting of the nerve, connective tissue, and blood vessels. During a root canal, the pulp and nerve are removed, and the space is cleaned and sealed.
The need for a root canal varies, but it is often used to treat dental diseases that cause tooth pain. Tooth pain can be associated with many dental diseases, but tooth decay and pulpitis rank as the top conditions that may require a root canal. When these conditions are severe, a root canal may be needed to alleviate the symptoms of tooth pain.
Tooth decay is damage to a tooth that occurs when bacteria in the mouth produce acids that attack the tooth’s surface, or enamel. The acid is produced by bacteria that break down food debris that is stuck on the teeth. Symptoms of tooth decay may include a toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, and the appearance of holes and pits in the tooth.
Pulpitis is inflammation of the dental pulp. Symptoms of pulpitis may include a toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, and a fever. Pulpitis can occur in one of two forms: reversible or irreversible. With reversible pulpitis, the tooth is sensitive from response to an irritant. Normally, inflammation of the pulp will heal once the irritant is removed. With irreversible pulpitis, the pulp is unable to heal on its own due to infection of the pulp. Therefore, a root canal is usually required with irreversible pulpitis.
A thorough dental examination is the best way to uncover the cause of a toothache. Our doctor and our staff at Pleasure Dental welcome you to contact our office to schedule an appointment for an evaluation. If you are looking for a gentle, caring, and compassionate dentist in Royse City, please visit Pleasure Dental.