It may be common to feel some aches and pains when you get older, but not with your teeth. You should be able to chew or just live your life without any toothaches. So when you start to have some discomfort there, you really should not ignore it. There’s a good chance you have an infection that will just get worse until the tooth has to be removed.
That’s why you really need to call our Nasha, NH dental office at 603-546-7460 and schedule your next appointment. But will you need a root canal treatment to relieve the pain and protect your smile?
Why Do Teeth Get Infected?
Your teeth are covered with enamel, a durable substance that protects the tender dental pulp inside. The pulp is where all the tooth’s nerve endings and blood vessels can be found. Protecting this area is a major part of what enamel does.
Then how can harmful bacteria slip past it? When a tooth is damaged, the enamel can crack and let them into the dental pulp. This is also true when you have a cavity ignored for too long or an old filling that falls out; the decay cuts through the enamel to the inside.
When a tooth gets infected like this, it tends to start out small. You might feel a mild toothache from time to time, or maybe only when you chew something tough with that side of the mouth. But the infection will spread and the pain gets worse.
How do you know if you have an infected tooth before it gets very painful? Look for some of these signs.
- Discomfort in one part of your mouth when you chew.
- A toothache (that either stays constant or comes and goes).
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks.
- Swollen, tender gums in one spot.
- One of your teeth is darker than the others.
Since the problem is inside the tooth, you might not be able to see any symptoms at all. They can still be detected through digital X-rays, which is another reason why you need regular visits to our Nasha, NH dental office.
Relieve Pain & Save The Tooth
An infected tooth is worse than just painful. As the infection spreads, it begins to effectively starve the tooth. It grows weaker from the inside out, and if not caught in time, the tooth has to come out.
Thankfully, you can get a root canal treatment that ends the pain and saves the tooth. Once the tooth and surrounding area are numbed, your dentist will use their years of training and experience to gently remove the infection. Then the tooth is strengthened by placing a dental crown atop it.
You may have heard that root canal procedures are very painful, but they are not! Between local anesthetic and sedation options, you can get through the treatment quicker and easier than in decades past.
If you are showing any of the signs listed above, call Nashua Family Dentistry today at 603-546-7460 or contact us with our online form. Remember, that infection will just get worse if you don’t do something.