Your teeth are actually composed of three distinct layers. The outermost is, of course, the enamel, and below that is a hard, yellow substance called dentin. Within that lies the dental pulp, which is made up of various blood vessels, connective tissues, as well as the sensitive nerve of the tooth. Should decay or accident damage the pulp, it can cause quite a toothache—the kind that makes it hard to concentrate on just about anything else. Fortunately, Dr. Chandy can easily relieve this kind of pain and save a tooth using a root canal treatment in Carrollton. Thanks to her expertise and gentle touch, this often-feared procedure is now always the solution to dental pain, never the cause.
After examining your tooth and determining that a root canal is indeed necessary, the procedure itself will involve the following steps:
If you’re surprised to learn that you need a root canal, it may be because pain isn’t the leading symptom you’re experiencing. In most cases, what might feel like a general toothache will become more intense. While you can dislodge food that’s stuck between your teeth and causing discomfort, there’s not much you can do at home to relieve the pain found in the pulp of your tooth. When the infection spreads to the root, inflammation can occur and cause immense pain.
Aside from pain, other ways you can tell if you might need a root canal include:
There’s a common misconception that root canals are a painful dental procedure. We’re here to tell you that is not the case. Just like any surgical procedure, there will be some discomfort in the days after your surgery; however, the pain you’re experiencing is from the infection, not the procedure itself.
If your dentist in Carrollton recommends a root canal, don’t be afraid. In fact, be happy that the pain will no longer be an issue once the surgery is complete.
In the days following your root canal, you can expect:
Afterward, your root canal treated tooth should look and function perfectly normal for many years to come. If you have a persistent toothache, a root canal could provide the relief you need, so contact us today.