Toothaches are a vivid reminder that teeth aren't just pieces of hard tissue floating around in the gums. They're intricately formed sensory organs with layers of dentin and enamel overlaying a living pulp. Coursing through the tooth's pulp is a vital bundle of nerves and blood vessels that provide nutrients and sensation to each tooth. As long as the pulp stays healthy, you're rarely aware of the systems at work. Tooth pain can be especially alarming, but it's meant to warn you that something's not right. Pain tells us that the bundle of nerves and vessels inside your tooth is irritated, damaged, or under attack.
A deep cavity can give bacteria access to the inner nerve bundle. In some cases, a significant infection, called an abscess, may develop in your jaw without any symptoms at all. If Dr. Lankupalli and Dr. Yamini determine that the nerve won't recover or if an infection is present, then root canal therapy may be suggested. Call ProSmiles today to learn more about treatment and schedule an appointment!
If you’re told by one of our experienced dentists that you need root canal therapy, it’s because they want to do everything possible to save your tooth and treat the underlying infection that’s present. If you notice any of the following symptoms, give our office a call:
The American Association of Endodontists stays abreast of all the current and past research regarding root canals and can support the safety of this vital service. In fact, new techniques and materials make root canal treatment more successful than ever.
Modern anesthetics provide powerful numbing for gentle removal of the inflamed nerve inside the tooth. The nerve canal undergoes disinfection and careful shaping, and a sealer fills the internal space. A filling or crown over the tooth helps return it to its original function, ensuring you can smile and eat food without any issues. We’ll make sure your bite remains even as well after placing the restoration.
Internet articles continue to circulate claiming adverse health effects from root canals, despite years of research proving otherwise. Many of these claims rest on false theories put forward decades ago without any scientific basis. In fact, one popular Facebook article sounding a false alarm shakily rests on a 100-year-old study that was tossed aside long ago!
The benefits of preserving your natural tooth are numerous, whether it’s regarding your finances or your oral and overall health. Not only can you remove the infection (and pain) associated with your tooth, but you can reduce the chances of needing to have it extracted. Patients go on to enjoy their treated tooth for the rest of their lives in many cases. As long as you take good care of it going forward, you can do the same.