My Tooth is in Pain, What Should I Do?
Here at Village Dental, we can help save a tooth that’s in severe pain with root canal therapy. The inner chamber of your tooth contains small nerves and blood vessels, known as the root canal or pulp. When it gets infected, bacteria can spread throughout and cause sensitivity, tenderness, and may lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
When you notice severe pain in a tooth, you should always give Village Dental a call. Dr. Kaur can treat your infected pulp and save your tooth from removal with root canal therapy. We offer gentle treatment and beautiful restorations to completely restore your tooth to good health. Learn more about this approach, the procedure, and more.
Why Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?
Along with feel extreme tooth pain and sensitivity, additional signs that you may need root canal therapy include:
- Discomfort while eating
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- A tooth with discoloration
- Swollen or tender gums
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- A loose tooth
Relieve Your Pain with Our Root Canal Treatment Procedure
Dr. Kaur will start by examining the area to determine if root canal therapy is the right treatment for you. If she decides that it will help treat your issue, the root canal treatment procedure will include these steps:
- Preparing the Affected Area: Before starting, Dr. Kaur will apply a local anesthetic to the infected tooth to numb the area so you remain pain-free throughout the process.
- Removing the Infection: Once the numbing agents are active, she’ll create a small hole in the tooth to remove the infected tissue. After she’s cleaned and disinfected the root canal, Dr. Kaur will fill it with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha and seal it with a protective resin.
- Completing with a Natural Restoration: To finish the treatment, Dr. Kaur will place a porcelain crown over your tooth. Your dental crown will match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth, as well as strengthen and protect it.
Sometimes, the root canal may already be severely damaged by infection and can’t be treated. If this happens, Dr. Kaur will need to perform a tooth extraction to successfully remove all diseases or decay and protect your oral health. You’ll then receive one of our long-lasting tooth replacement options such as a dental implant, bridge, or denture to restore it.
Will I Be in Pain During the Procedure?
The root canal procedure will only cause mild discomfort or none at all. In fact, you’ll be in more pain if you neglect your infected pulp rather than receiving treatment. Additionally, Dr. Kaur will numb your tooth before the procedure so you won’t feel any pain.
How Long Does Root Canal Therapy Take?
Typically, root canal treatment can be done in just one appointment. The procedure can last anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the severity of your infection.
Post-Root Canal Therapy
After receiving root canal therapy, there may be some questions or concerns that come up. Never hesitate to give our Wayne dental office a call if something comes up after your procedure. Here are the answers to a few answered frequently asked questions following your root canal treatment.
Should my Tooth Hurt a Week After the Procedure?
Right after your procedure, it’s normal to feel discomfort, but it should lessen within a few days. If you need help managing your pain, take OTC pain relievers like Tylenol or Aleve.
If it’s been a week since the removal of the infected tissue, this could mean that it was unsuccessful. Call Village Dental right away so Dr. Kaur can take a look.
Can Root Canal Therapy Cause Headaches?
Headaches are not a common symptom of root canal therapy. If you do notice frequent headaches after your procedure, this might mean your tooth is re-infected. Call our Wayne practice right away if this happens at 734-722-1617.
What is Root Canal Retreatment?
Root canal retreatment is necessary when the tooth we had performed therapy on wasn’t successful and needs to be redone. Dr. Kaur will remove the crown and dental resin, re-clean the pulp, and reseal it with a new dental crown.