Root Canal Therapy in Columbia, TN
There are toothaches and then there are toothaches. Sometimes, your tooth might suddenly feel sore because you have a particle of food wedged between two teeth, or even slightly below the gum line. This kind of toothache is usually remedied by brushing or flossing.
However, there is another kind of toothache that is severe; the kind that keeps you up at night or unable to concentrate during the day. If this happens, the problem may be an infection deep within the pulp chamber of your tooth. To remedy this kind of toothache, you may need the root canal therapy Columbia, TN, residents come to Beck Dental Care to receive.
First, let’s examine the structure of a tooth in order to understand how a tooth can become infected in the first place. Each one of your teeth consists of three layers. The outermost layer is called enamel and while it does happen to give your teeth an attractive sheen, it is also a shell of protection. The middle layer is called dentin and is a softer and more sensitive layer filled with microscopic tubules. At the center of each tooth in a pulp chamber, which is filled with nerve, blood and lymph tissue. Each pulp chamber has canals that branch off and lead toward tip of your tooth. Through the root canals, each tooth is able to absorb the nutrients from your bloodstream that it needs to stay healthy and eliminate waste and toxins.
The pulp chamber and root canals of a tooth can become infected when a cavity, a deep crack, or tooth fracture provide an access route for bacteria to reach the chamber and canals. Once bacteria are inside your tooth, infection is likely to set in, which kills the contents of the pulp chamber, stimulates increased blood flow to fight the infection, and creates pressure within the tooth that can be extremely painful. Moreover, the process can lead to bone degeneration, tooth loss, and even more acute pain. Therefore, seeing one of the dentists at Beck Dental Care is imperative in order to perform a root canal and save the tooth. If not, then the tooth may need to be extracted in order to avoid the spread of infection to other teeth and throughout the body.
Safe Root Canal Therapy in Columbia, TN
Many people are concerned that a root canal will be painful. To the contrary, a root canal is the procedure that eliminates the pain of an infected tooth. And with the anesthetics available today that are used in combination with modern dental technology, a root canal need be no more uncomfortable than receiving a dental filling. Likewise, Dr. Beck or Dr. Hart can usually complete a root canal in just one appointment at our Columbia, TN dental office.
The procedure involves accessing the pulp chamber to clean it along with the diseased canals; filling the chamber and canals with gutta-percha, a biologically inert substance that prevents the return of infection; and sealing the chamber and your tooth. If you experience any discomfort after your root canal procedure, we recommend either ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Once your dentist is certain that the root canal has been successful, we’ll schedule a follow-up visit to prepare your tooth for a dental crown.
If you have a toothache, then call Beck Dental Care for your comprehensive evaluation. Dr. Victor Beck and Dr. Hart, provide Columbia, Spring Hill, Mt. Pleasant, and Lewisburg residents with comfortable, personalized care.