Toothaches are a painful reminder that teeth aren’t just lifeless pieces of hard tissue connected to your gums. They have an intricate system that is comprised of sensory organs laced with layers of enamel and dentin, firmly planted over sensitive connective tissue that is highly sensitive to pain. The connective tissue is a bundle of blood and nerve vessels coursing through the teeth’s pulp, providing it with the much-needed nutrients and, of course, sensation. This system works just fine, until it doesn’t. That’s when the pain starts. It starts out slow to spur you into action. Some people ignore the initial pain in the hopes that it would go away. Yet, the pain only gets worse with time because the nerve and blood vessels inside the tooth are actively being damaged and irritated. This fosters the perfect conditions for bacteria to break into the bundle of inner nerves. It opens up the floodgates to painful infections, often called an abscess. The worst part is that it doesn’t show any obvious symptoms, and only someone with an eye for detail can diagnose this condition. If our orthodontists determine that the damaged nerve endings are beyond repair or if an infection has taken root, you may need root canal therapy. With the help of modern anesthetics, it is now possible to gently remove inflamed nerves inside the tooth without causing pain. Our dentists start by disinfecting the nerve canal and fill the internal space with a sealer. A crown or filling is then placed over the tooth to restore normal function.