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 ideal 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.
How Safe Are Root Canals?
Many erroneous articles on the internet speak of adverse side effects resulting from root canals, but years of peer reviewed, in-depth research proves otherwise. A lot of these claims ride on false theories that were stated many decades ago with little to no scientific basis. There’s a lot of ‘fake news’ that lures people into making the wrong decisions.
One such article became viral on Facebook and sounded a false alarm by citing a 100-year-old study abandoned by the scientific community. Root canals are supported by the American Association of Endodontists.
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After the Root Canal
While root canals are safe and effective, your teeth do need to be properly cared for afterwards. To help you prepare, we have put together a list of aftercare tips and suggestions that can help speed recovery after a root canal. Any specific instructions and details will be provided after your visit.
After a root canal, many people are so relieved that their pain and other symptoms are gone that they want to run out and start using their pain-free teeth. While there is nothing wrong with celebrating after a root canal, it is a good idea to wait a little while before rushing out to a dinner. Your mouth is likely to still be numb after the procedure, which makes it difficult to eat and chew properly. You could do harm and not feel it until it is too late if you don’t wait for the numbness to wear off. As your body does need to heal itself, giving your mouth time to just relax after any major procedure allows the healing to occur unabated.
Most people expect there to be a great deal of pain during a root canal procedure. Often the root canal procedure is not painful in itself, but there is likely to be some tenderness afterward. This should not be too severe and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. Follow-up appointments are usually necessary after a root canal. This is to place a permanent filling or crown on your tooth to help maintain the health of the tooth for a long time.
When it comes to preventing future root canals, maintaining healthy oral habits is key. Brush and floss multiple times a day and be careful of what you eat and drink.
If you think you may need a root canal, call our office to speak with a friendly staff member today. After your appointment, you can discuss your options and see what works best for you.