Tooth pain is often a warning sign that decay, injury, or disease are going on inside the tooth. In certain cases, the decay inside the tooth extends deep within it to the center part known as the dental pulp. This can also show up as a swelling, bump or abscess on the gums. When a cavity reaches this inner chamber, the best option to save the tooth is a root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment.
Root canal treatments are often popular choices, when required, as the alternative is often extraction and replacement of the tooth with a dental implant or bridge or partial denture. During the root canal treatment, the dentist ensures that no pain is felt by using modern local anesthesia to freeze the area and reduce all sensations. This allows the dentist to clean the inside of the tooth and seal it off so that the bacteria in the area are gone and the tooth can remain in the mouth without causing pain or infection.
After completion of the root canal treatment, a crown is often recommended to reduce the risk of fracture of the tooth or root. This improves the long-term health and stability of the tooth and allows it to look and function like a healthy tooth in the mouth. If you suspect a root canal may be required or have questions about tooth pain going on in your mouth, talk to your dentist about this and see what options are available to improve your oral health.