The weather today is perfect for a nice long walk. There is a slight breeze and the sunlight is gentle. You, however, find yourself stuck on the couch holding a bag of ice to your cheek. Your easily ignored toothache has blossomed into full-on searing pain. You hoped a little time was all it needed, but it’s only getting worse. It’s time for you to make an appointment with your dentist. You hesitate though, isn’t it going to hurt? Drs. Mark Fried, Julie Werman, and Sarah Shih want you to know why a root canal in Framingham is going to be the solution for your pain, not the cause of it.
Why You Need a Root Canal
Your tooth is actually composed of layers. You’re probably familiar with the outermost layer, enamel. Just inside it is a layer of a material called dentin, and within that lies the dental pulp. This is where the nerve of your tooth resides, and how you are able to feel your teeth. When a cavity has been left alone for a long time, or the tooth has suffered an injury, the pulp can become damaged. At this point your tooth can become quite painful because the nerve itself has become affected. Here are some other signs you may need a root canal:
- Swelling or redness in the gums around the tooth
- Swelling or sensitivity in the cheek around the tooth
- A bump on the gums right below the tooth
The kind of pain this brings on is much different than that of a slight toothache. At this point, you need to act quickly, or the tooth may need to be removed altogether. One of the best ways to save it is with root canal therapy from your dentist in Framingham.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals have long been thought of as a very excruciating procedure. This is a misconception, as local anesthesia assures the patient will feel no discomfort. The pain often associated with it honestly comes from the infection itself, and a root canal aims to relieve it. Once you come in for a root canal, it involves 3 basic steps:
- An access hole will be drilled into your tooth to reach the pulp.
- The damaged pulp will be removed and the area will be cleaned.
- Your tooth will be filled with a substance that will prevent it from becoming infected again.
If a large amount of your tooth has been removed, you may need to return for another visit to have it fully restored using a crown. Afterwards, your tooth may be a little more sensitive, but it will be vastly improved from how it felt when you first came into the office.
Have Any Questions?
If you would like to know more about how a root canal can help you, please give us a call or send s a question. Our team is always ready and capable of relieving our worst tooth pain, so please don’t wait to come see us today.