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The lingering ache of a decaying tooth is often regarded as one of the most annoying and aggravating types of pain. Waking up in the middle of the night or not being able to get through the day because of pain can be a brutal experience. A common cause of this type of pain is tooth decay. Depending on severity, tooth decay is easily treated in the form of a root canal. For more information on Root Canal Treatment in Lawrence, KS please call Rockledge Dentistry today!
A root canal is needed when the tooth pulp becomes damaged due to infection in the nerve of the tooth, caused by a cavity, or tooth decay. The root canal treatment removes both the nerve and tooth pulp, after which the inside of the tooth is cleaned, sealed and filled. A protective crown is then placed over the tooth to prevent future breakage.
What causes tooth pain?
A cavity is formed when bacteria in the mouth attach to the enamel of the tooth and multiply, causing plaque. That plaque causes cavities, then eats away at the enamel of the tooth, causing small openings, and allowing the bacteria to enter the actual tooth, eating away at the tooth pulp. When the decay gets to this point, the pain could be severe and the patient probably has sensitivity while eating or biting. Sometimes, the body tries to heal itself, which can result in an abscess of the tooth, something that is also very painful and must be dealt with immediately to prevent infection.
How can a root canal help?
Root canals remove the pain-causing infection via removal of the tooth pulp and nerve. The tooth is then thoroughly cleaned and sealed, leaving no bacteria remaining, and, once filled, the tooth will function normally. It also repairs any holes or cracks in the tooth, leaving an aesthetically pleasing result. While root canals are often thought of as painful, most patients claim this is a myth, and the procedure is as pain-free as having a tooth filled.
How can I avoid tooth decay?
Many steps can be taken to prevent tooth decay, including, but not limited to:
- Brushing and flossing regularly
- Avoiding sugary foods and drinks
- Using fluoride-containing tooth-related products
- Regular dental exams
- Leading a generally healthy lifestyle
Regular dental exams can be the deciding factor between suffering from tooth pain or catching and treating a cavity in the early stages. Rockledge Dentistry takes pride in providing compassionate and professional care. Visit www.pdherreradds.com to schedule an appointment today.