Usually you enjoy walking on a brisk, sunny day. Many might find it too cold and the wind off-putting, but you enjoy getting outside, away from the environment of the office. You like feeling the air move around you and the sun kiss your skin. At least, that was your plan. Today you find yourself sitting on your couch with a cold bag of peas on your face. Your tooth has been throbbing for days. This is way worse than a toothache, you think to yourself. This pain might be a sign that you need root canal therapy in Scarborough. Here are the signs to look for and why you have no need to fear when you come to see us at White Willow Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.
Signs of Root Canal Infection
Your teeth are very complex structures. It’s easy to think of them as simple little pieces of enamel, but teeth actually have 3 distinct layers. The one we’re all familiar with is the enamel. This is the strongest material in the body, which is good considering all the force it is constantly put under. Beneath it is a layer of something called dentin, which is another rigid material. Inside that is something called the dental pulp. This is the area where the nerve of the tooth resides, which is why you can actually “feel” your teeth. When you get a cavity, it means plaque has begun to break down the outer layer of enamel. If this is left untreated, this decay can eventually reach the pulp, which is what causes a root canal infection. Some typical signs are:
- Severe dental pain
- Lasting sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Swelling or redness of the gums
- A bump on the gums beneath a particular tooth
Since the infection has reached the nerve, these can be very painful. This is the point when you need to visit your dentist in Scarborough for root canal therapy.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy, once feared as extremely painful, is now a very typical procedure Dr. Amaro performs regularly. The pain associated with root canal therapy is often because of the infection itself, not the procedure. You will get local anesthetic which will ensure that while you know what is going on, you will experience no physical discomfort. Root canal therapy involves 3 basic steps:
- After you have been numbed, Dr. Amaro will create an access hole in your tooth to reach the infected pulp
- She will clean the pulp out and disinfect the area around your tooth and gums
- She will then fill the tooth in order to help reinforce its structure
The procedure is similar to that of a regular filling, but it just involves a bigger portion of the tooth. The tooth might be sensitive for about a week after the procedure, but it will feel great relief compared to when you came in.
We know root canal therapy makes many people nervous, so please feel free to call us with any questions you might have. You don’t have to suffer through pain whether you’re at home or in our office, so come see us today so we can help you.