Tooth pain hurts!
Please do not hesitate to call our office during a dental emergency! There is nothing worse than a toothache. Trust us, we KNOW. Dr. Alesandra is more than happy to treat your pain
Appointments may be available either SAME DAY (yes, can you believe it!) or within 2-3 days. Tooth pain comes in may different forms. Find out the best treatment for your dental pain.
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Endodontic Therapy (Root Canal Treatment)
If your toothache pain is keeping you awake at night, chances are you may need a root canal if the tooth can be saved. Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way to this pulp. (Regular cleanings and checkups prevent and detect problems early).
Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy, also. Once this occurs the pulp becomes infected, and can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is when the infection can become an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system.
Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup.
A root canal is then performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
Sometimes, the tooth can't always be saved!