My Tooth Stopped Hurting. Do I Still Need a Root Canal?

June 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — tylancreekteam @ 6:47 am
someone holding their tooth and wincing

Root canals are one of the many dental treatments that aren’t nearly as scary as they’re typically made out to be, but some people still want to do everything that they can to avoid the treatment.

If you’re one of those people, a painful toothache could potentially get you over your fear of a root canal. However, that toothache fading may make you want to skip out on your scheduled appointment. Here’s why that’s a bad idea.

Why You Can’t Feel Your Tooth

The kinds of toothaches that are treated via a root canal are typically due to infection. These infections don’t go away on their own, especially if the disease is severe enough to send you to the dentist for an emergency appointment.

The discomfort associated with these infections comes from the bacteria attacking the interior of the tooth, i.e. the pulp. This level of the tooth is really just a cluster of nerve tissue, which is why its decaying is so uncomfortable.

Eventually, the bacteria will damage the root pulp to such an extent that you’ll no longer be able to feel the tooth. As a consequence, you will no longer have a toothache. While this may feel like a good sign, the truth is that your condition is worse than ever and that the need for treatment is now incredibly pressing.

Why You Should Still Get a Root Canal

If you decide not to get a root canal, the infection within your tooth could easily start to spread to the other teeth, causing the same problems that you were dealing with before. Not only that, but the bacteria in the root pulp may eventually ravage the root, disconnecting the tooth from the gums. As a consequence, you may lose the tooth completely.

How Will a Root Canal Help?

Root canals work by removing the decayed tissue from within the tooth and replacing it with a plastic substance to give the tooth structure. This eliminates the infection while maintaining the integrity of your natural tooth.

If you’ve noticed that a toothache has started to fade, you should act fast! A well-timed root canal could be your last chance at saving an otherwise doomed tooth.

About Our Practice

At Tylan Creek Family Dentistry, we value your time at a premium. If you’re going to slot us into your busy schedule, the least we can do is to make sure that you get in for your appointment on time. We also make use of the most advanced technology in dentistry to make sure that you get the most out of your appointments with us in as little time as possible.

If you have any questions about root canals, we can be reached at our website or by phone at (864) 962-6671.

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