If you live in the Lawrenceville area and are experiencing pain, throbbing, or aching in your teeth, it’s time to see Dr. Bruce Carter. Uncomfortable sensations in your teeth generally indicate an infection in the interior tissues and may require root canal therapy. At our Lawrenceville dental practice we believe in educating our patients about dental conditions and treatment options. To explain what a root canal infection is and how root canal therapy can help, we will first describe the tiny channels between teeth that can get infected and cause pain.
Human teeth contain several layers: the outer protective enamel, a secondary layer of sensitive dentin, and an inner pulp that contains components commonly referred to as the “nerve” of the tooth. Each pulp chamber branches off to form canals that lead toward the tip of the tooth’s root. These root canals provide a means for the tooth to absorb what it needs from the blood and rid of toxins or other unnecessary materials via the bloodstream.
When infections occur, generally teeth are protected against the possibility of infection because they are strong and intact. However, a deep cavity, traumatic injury, or tooth fracture can make root canals susceptible to bacterial infections, which can kill the pulp, increase blood flow, and create pressure within the tooth. Root canal infections can cause severe pain and may initiate bone degeneration and tooth loss. If you come to our Lawrenceville dental practice to see Dr. Carter in the earliest stages of this condition, the tooth may be saved with root canal therapy. If the infection cannot be treated, or the tooth is compromised, Dr. Carter may opt for extraction.
You’re probably wondering if root canal therapy hurts. At our Lawrenceville dental practice, we do everything we can to ensure the comfort of our patients during therapy. With today’s advanced analgesics and technology, the entire process can be so comfortable that many patients doze off. Root canal therapy can often be completed in a single appointment where we cleanse the diseased canal and seal it from further infection. We may also recommend a crown for strength and aesthetic purposes.
While some patients experience post-procedural soreness or slight tissue inflammation, these are controllable with over-the-counter analgesics. Follow-up care involves thorough home hygiene and regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups at our Lawrenceville office.For patients in Gwinnett County, Atlanta, Duluth, Suwanee, and surrounding areas, we can alleviate toothaches with root canal therapy. If you’re in pain, make an appointment now!