The pain may come on gradually. On the other hand, it may strike suddenly in the middle of the night. But for most people, the first indication that something is terribly wrong with a tooth is extreme pain. A toothache is often an indication that you have an infected tooth. To preserve the tooth, Anderson Family Dental offers root canal in Colorado Springs.
The first question you may be asking yourself is how your tooth became infected in the first place. Each of your teeth is made of three layers: the outer enamel layer, the middle dentin layer and the pulp chamber at the core, which contains nerve, lymph and blood tissue. Normally, this core is well protected by the outer shells. However, if there is extensive decay or traumatic injury, then the bacteria that are usually kept out of the pulp chamber have access. In this case, infection can take hold and your tooth begins to die.
Symptoms of Tooth Infection
As your tooth expires, the expanding infection in the pulp chamber usually causes intense pain. Other signs that may indicate a root canal is necessary are:
- Tooth pain when you chew or bite
- Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Swollen gum tissue around the tooth
- A pimple-like sore on the gums near the infected tooth
Heeding these warning signs is very important. An infected tooth can be quite serious, because of the threat to the tooth and because the infection can easily spread.
For a Root Canal, 80918 Residents turn to Anderson Family Dental
To remove the infection and preserve your tooth, Dr. Anderson, your root canal dentist in Colorado Springs, will perform root canal therapy. Although this procedure is often misrepresented as being painful, it is actually the pain-free procedure you need to eliminate pain. With local anesthesia and sedation dentistry if necessary, you’ll be completely comfortable.
Dr. Anderson begins by drilling a small access hole in your tooth. Then, using very fine hand instruments, he clears the infection as well as the contents of the pulp chamber. The hollow space is then filled with a biocompatible material to prevent re-infection. The tooth is then sealed and prepared for a dental crown. After a couple of weeks, you’ll return to our Colorado Springs dental practice to have the crown set. Your tooth will then look and feel completely natural.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms, don’t wait for the pain to become unbearable. Call Anderson Family Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, to schedule an appointment.