Root Canal Therapy
When it comes to toothaches, there are two kinds: the not so serious and the serious. If you feel more pressure than pain with a toothache, then there may be something lodged between two teeth. Not so serious. Try flossing and see if that helps.
On the other hand, if the pain of toothache keeps you up at night or prevents you from working during the day, then this is serious. Call Advanced Dental Care immediately to schedule an appointment with Dr. Burr. He will examine the tooth and possibly take an x-ray to see if the tooth is infected. If so, then a root canal may be necessary. Root canal in Cocoa, FL removes infection from inside the tooth and preserves the tooth and your smile.
What is a Root Canal?
First of all, whatever you've heard about a root canal is probably exaggerated at best or false at worst. A root canal is a fairly common dental procedure to remove bacteria that has built up inside a tooth and caused infection. A small access hole is drilled into the tooth and bacteria and debris are removed. The tooth is then filled with a biocompatible substance and sealed. A crown will eventually be placed to protect and support the remaining tooth structure.
Thanks to modern dental anesthesia, a root canal is not painful. To the contrary, the procedure is intended to eliminate the pain of an infected tooth and help you avoid tooth extraction.
How Does a Tooth Become Infected?
Teeth are built like walled fortresses. The outer wall is made of enamel, the hardest material in the human body. Underneath that is dentin, a slightly softer substance that is filled with millions of tubules to conduct sensation in the tooth. At the center of each tooth is the nerve, or pulp chamber, which branches off to the roots through root canals. Blood, nerve and lymph tissue run through the canals delivering nutrients to the tooth and carrying away debris.
If bacteria breach this fortress, or if a traumatic injury occurs, then infection can develop inside the pulp. When this happens, the body’s immune system responds and inflammation results. This inflammation inside the tooth usually causes severe pain. Other indicators of the need for root canal in Cocoa include:
- Pain when biting or chewing with the tooth in question
- A small sore on your gums near the tooth
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- A swollen cheek
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Any of these may mean you have an infected tooth, which can be quite serious not only to oral health but your general health, as well. Call Advanced Dental Care Cosmetic & General Dentistry immediately, so Cocoa dentist Dr. Burr can diagnose the situation and perform root canal if necessary.