If you have a toothache, there can be a variety of causes, but one of the most common is that you have some infection or maybe a cavity. Dr. Alvis, Dr. Levo and Dr. Farn from New Braunfels Dental Arts will diagnose the cause of the toothache and then advise you on the proper course of treatment. Often, a root canal is the treatment of choice.
What Is A Root Canal?
“Root canal” is the term used to describe the chamber within the center of the tooth. The pulp chamber is the soft area within the root canal. The tooth’s nerve lies within the root canal.
Root canal treatment is used to repair and even save a tooth that is damaged or infected. At the very least, you could have a horrible toothache, but the worst case scenario is that you could also lose the tooth.
During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp inside the tooth are removed, and the inner chamber of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Because tooth pulp is completely unnecessary to adult teeth, this removal causes no residual damage to your smile.
If your tooth isn’t treated, your gums will become infected, and abscesses may form. Once an abscess forms, it can become very painful, often leading to a severe toothache.
The Impact of Root Canal Treatment
A tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health once you have your adult teeth. Its only function is sensory — to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth. Getting a root canal causes no permanent damage to your teeth.
Having a toothache means you are suffering. Root canals are often necessary to relieve this severe toothache. Our patients experience tremendous relief shortly after root canal treatment.
To make this root canal procedure less stressful, we offer sedation dentistry to relieve the anxiety you may feel with any dental procedure, including a root canal. We have several sedation dentistry treatments that can help you relax and have the entire procedure completed in a stress-free environment.
Let Us Relieve Your Pain!
If you have a toothache, please call us right away! We will do all we can to ease your discomfort and restore your oral health.