A Root Canal Treatment Could End Your PainJuly 19th, 2016
You used to enjoy your morning coffee, and not just for the caffeine.
There’s just something about the aroma of coffee brewing that made getting ready for work a little more enjoyable. Even in the days when you hit a coffee shop on the way to work, the smell of fresh coffee helped make your day a little better.
Now, just thinking about coffee makes your teeth hurt. More specifically, it makes a tooth hurt. Anytime you eat or drink anything hot or cold or sweet, that tooth aches with pain.
We can’t know for certain unless you come to our dentist office in Geismar, LA, but from the description, it sounds like you could have an infected tooth.
This is precisely when you may need a root canal treatment, one of the many restorative services available at Ascension Premier Dental.
What Is A Root Canal?
Many times people will say they need a root canal when they mean root canal treatment. That’s not important in everyday conversation, but it’s helpful to understand the difference as we explain the procedure.
You are probably aware that each tooth is divided into a crown (the part you see) and a root (the part behind your gums). The root has openings in it call root canal that lead to the pulp chamber at the center of your teeth.
The root canal is where blood vessels and nerves enter your tooth. You also have pulp (a soft connective tissue) in your root canals and the pulp chamber.
A root canal treatment is performed when the pulp becomes infected. During the treatment, a dentist will remove the pulp along with the blood vessels and the nerves.
After this is completed, the dentist will sanitize the inside of the tooth and fill it with a special material. This material reduces your risk of reinfection and helps your tooth maintain its shape.
The tooth is sealed with a filling or a dental crown.
How Does A Tooth Become Infected?
The most common ways are tooth decay and gum disease. Both of those conditions are caused by bacteria that live inside your mouth.
This also is why you are encouraged to brush your teeth and to floss every day. Those processes remove a lot of bacteria each time you do them.
With gum disease, pockets can form inside your gum tissue. This can lead to plaque and tartar buildup around the roots of your teeth. This is a great place for bacteria.
This is where bacteria can attack your tooth at the root. As the bacteria eats into your root, it will reach the root canal. Once there, it can cause your pulp to become infected and inflamed.
With tooth decay, the process is similar. Cavities form on the crown of your teeth. If this is not treated, the bacteria can eat through the enamel and the dentin (the layer below the enamel) on its way to the pulp chamber.
Again, this can lead to inflamed pulp.
Another way the innermost parts of your tooth can be exposed to bacteria is if you have a broken tooth. If the break is deep enough, it can allow bacteria to reach the pulp chamber sooner than it would if your tooth was intact.
How Do You Know If Your Tooth Is Infected
The best way to find out is by making an appointment at our dentist office. If you aren’t sure whether you should call us, here are some symptoms that could indicate an infected tooth:
- Increased tooth sensitivity to heat, cold, and sweets
- Pain in your tooth when you bite or chew
- Lingering pain in your tooth
- Sore or tender gum tissue near your tooth
- A change in the color of your tooth
- A pimple-like bump on your gums near the tooth in question
You may experience one or more of these symptoms as a result of your tooth infection.
Keep in mind always that your teeth should not hurt. If they do, then that should be considered a good reason to contact us.
A root canal treatment may be the fastest and best way to end your pain and save your tooth.
How To Make An Appointment
Our dentist office is located in Geismar, LA, but we accept patients from Prairieville, Gonzales, Santa Maria, and all parts in between.