A few months ago you noticed some sensitivity in your tooth when you were at the ice cream shop. You didn't think too much about it since it went away on its own. However, last night that same tooth woke you up with severe and excruciating pain that couldn't even be touched with ibuprofen. What is happening to your tooth, and how can you eliminate this pain?
Contact Your Dentist Right Away
A tooth that is causing you constant pain is probably infected. This means that decay has made its way into the nerve of your tooth causing an infection and a lot of pain. If this is the case, your tooth will need root canal therapy to eliminate your infection and your pain.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
During a root canal, your dentist will numb your tooth with a local anesthetic and remove the infected tissue from inside it. Once your tooth is free of infection, it is sealed with a temporary filling and given time to heal.
After healing is completed, you will need to visit your dentist to have either a permanent filling or dental crown placed to strengthen your tooth and ensure that you have all the function you had before your infection.
How to Avoid a Root Canal
Did you know that root canals in Ocean City, MD can actually be avoided? When you are proactive about visiting your dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups they can detect tooth decay in its earliest stages, which means you can treat it with a dental filling and it won't progress into the nerve of your tooth. A dental filling is a much less costly and more comfortable treatment procedure.
Is your tooth feeling sensitive or painful? Or perhaps it's time for your next cleaning and checkup? Contact Atlantic Dental to schedule your appointment.