If you have a large amount of tooth pain, there are several different dental applications that may be able to stop your discomfort. Here are a few of them:
A Root Canal
A root canal is performed when the pain is caused by irreparably inflamed dental nerves within a tooth. Each tooth in your mouth contains soft living tissue within its center. This tissue is called the pulp of the tooth. Inside the pulp, the blood supply and dental nerves of the tooth reside.
When a dental infection occurs, bacteria can invade the pulp of the tooth and the tissue may swell, inflaming the dental nerves. Although your dentist may treat your tooth infection with prescribed antibiotics, the damage to the dental nerves may still cause you pain.
As a result, the dentist may perform root canal therapy. During the procedure, a small hole is drilled in the tooth and all of the pulp is removed. Then, the hollowed center of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected before a filling is added. After the tooth is filled, a dental crown is added to protect the tooth, fortify it structurally, and restore its beauty.
Once a root canal is complete, the tooth will look normal and function as the other teeth in your mouth do. However, all pain associated with the tooth should be gone.
In addition to tooth pain, indications that you have a dental infection and may need a root canal include the following:
- An abscess or bump near the painful tooth that may or may not have a white spot on its pinnacle
- A foul-smelling liquid oozing from the gums near the tooth
- Greater dental sensitivity to cold and heat
A Dental Extraction
A dental extraction may also relieve the pain of your tooth. Once the tooth is pulled from the mouth, any pain from the tooth should be eradicated.
Still, an extraction is often a last resort since many people prefer to keep their teeth. Once a tooth has been removed, it can no longer provide stimulation to the jawbone and can affect the patient's ability to comfortably chew. Additionally, it can affect the patient's appearance.
Extractions are necessary if a tooth is broken, split through its dental root, or too decayed to be restored.
To learn more about dental treatment options that can be used to eliminate tooth pain, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your area such as Premier Dental Group.