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If a pain you’ve been feeling goes away, you might believe the problem that caused it is gone too. But that doesn’t mean it has, especially with a tooth. An excruciating toothache that suddenly stops should still be examined. Here’s why.
Tooth decay often works its way into a tooth’s innermost layer, the pulp, which contains bundles of nerves and other tissue. The infection attacks the nerves, which send pain signals to the brain. As the infection persists, though, the nerves will eventually die and will no longer be capable of sending pain signals — hence the “mysterious” end of your toothache.
Although the pain has stopped, the infection is very much active in the tooth and will continue to work its way through the root canals to the jaw. And ultimately, the pain will return as the infection invades the bone.
But there’s good news: a tooth in this condition can be saved with a procedure known as root canal therapy. We drill a small hole in the tooth to access the pulp, usually through the biting surface of back teeth or in the rear in front teeth. Once inside the pulp chamber, we clean out the infected and dead tissue. We then fill the empty pulp chamber and the root canals with a special filling and seal the access hole. In a few weeks the tooth receives a life-like crown to further protect it from re-infection and fracture years later.
A straightforward root canal treatment can be performed by a general dentist. If there are complications like a complex root canal network, however, then the skills and specialized equipment of an endodontist (a specialist in root canals) may be needed.
A root canal treatment resolves the real cause of a toothache that suddenly stopped, as well as puts an end to future pain and infection related to the tooth. More importantly, it can save your tooth and add many more years to its life.
If you would like more information on tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Severe Toothache.”
Has your tooth been injured, or is it severely decayed, or highly sensitive to temperature changes? Instead of extracting that tooth, your Boca Raton, FL dentist, Dr. Alfred Huber of Reserve Dental Group, may propose root canal treatment, or endodontic therapy. Often thought of as a painful, lengthy procedure, root canal therapy is really a comfortable, tooth-sparing, 2-visit process that keeps your tooth in place and functioning for years.
Why a Root Canal?
Named for the inner chamber in one of up to 4 tooth roots, root canal therapy removes diseased connective tissue, blood supply and nerves from the adult tooth. By x-ray and visual inspection, Dr. Huber can tell if a tooth will function well after this time-tested and reliable procedure. He always prefers saving a natural tooth rather than extracting to keep jaw and gums from receding and to keep surrounding teeth strong and in good alignment. Plus, nothing looks, feels or bites and chews quite like a real tooth.
The Root Canal Procedure
After numbing the area with a local anesthetic and protecting soft tissues with a rubber dam, Dr. Huber drills a small hole into the first of the root canals to be treated. He uses several small files to remove the diseased pulp and to clean and smooth the canal walls. He instills anti-microbial medication if necessary and fills the chamber with gutta-percha, a natural, rubbery sealant.
Dr. Huber then places a temporary filling or crown on the tooth and sends the patient home to heal. Over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen, along with a soft diet for a day or 2, usually is sufficient to control any discomfort.
In a week or so, the patient returns to Reserve Dental Group to receive a custom-made porcelain crown to cover the treated tooth. A Boca Raton root canal should last for many years of reliable service. Good at-home brushing and flossing supports gum and bone health as do 6-month check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Huber.
Is Your Tooth Symptomatic?
If you have symptoms of an ailing tooth, call Reserve Dental Group in Boca Raton, FL right away. You can count on Dr. Huber and his dedicated team for an accurate diagnosis and precise and caring treatment. Call (561) 852-7773 for an appointment.