Do you have tooth pain? If you do, there are many people in the same position as you are. Researchers estimate that as many as 90% of adults have tooth pain at some time in their lives. If your tooth is hurting right now, you may be sitting around with tooth decay or an infection. If you are hurting, you need to know that we can help. We can make your tooth feel a lot better, thanks to a root canal. If you aren’t sure what a root canal is, keep reading. BayView Dental can give you information about root canals.
Why Might I Need A Root Canal?
Did you know that the number one cause of a root canal is tooth decay? Tooth decay is an infection of bacteria. The bacteria are always present in your mouth. You get rid of a lot of that bacteria when you brush and floss your teeth. Eating fruits and veggies can also get rid of bacteria. If you don’t practice good oral hygiene, that bacteria will build up in your mouth. Over time, the bacteria will eat a hole in your teeth- which is a nice way of saying you will get a cavity. If you don’t get the cavity filled, the infection can eat into the tooth pulp and down to the nerve- which means you will begin to feel tooth pain.
If you think tooth decay will only affect one tooth, think again. The two reasons most people lost their teeth are tooth decay and gum disease. Over 120 million Americans have lost at least one adult tooth in their lifetimes. If their teeth aren’t replaced, over time, they can contribute to jaw decay, which weakens your jaw and changes the look of your face. The best way that you can prevent this decay is to make sure your teeth are cavity-free.
How Does a Root Canal Save Teeth?
We use root canals to fix your teeth that have major tooth decay. Once the tooth decay reaches your tooth pulp, it infects it. To fix your teeth, we cut in the top of your tooth so that we can get into the tooth pulp to fight the infection. We can get the infection cleaned out, and then we put you on antibiotics, which helps us to make sure the infection is healed. We then fill the tooth pulp with material to strengthen the tooth and save it from dying. We cap the tooth to make sure the tooth is extra strong when you leave our office.
Are you afraid of root canals? Do you think it will be extremely painful? While root canals used to hurt a lot, we can make root canals relatively pain free. You might even feel happy when you leave our office if you have been suffering from a painful tooth for a while. If you have a problem with a toothache, give BayView Dental a call at one of our 7 convenient locations now! Let us talk to you about ways we can save your tooth.