Dental pain can keep you from thinking clearly and participating in your normal daily activities. If you are suffering from a toothache, it might be indicating that your tooth is abscessed or infected. If it is infected, it's important to note that the infection will not go away without treatment. In fact, it is likely to get worse and cause more pain. The infection can also spread and causes issues with other teeth.
So, how should you handle a persistent toothache? By contacting your emergency dentist in Mount Pleasant right away. Dr. Jason Annan and your team at East Cooper Smiles accommodate emergency patients as soon as possible as we offer convenient morning and early evening appointments.
Root Canal Therapy Can Help
If your tooth is abscessed or infected, root canal therapy may be needed to eliminate the infection and preserve your tooth. Dr. Annan will gently remove the infected tissue from inside your tooth through a small access hole in the top. Medication is placed into the canal once the infected tissue is removed and your tooth is sealed with a small filling.
After your tooth has had time to heal, it will need to be restored with either a permanent filling or dental crown to ensure that it's strong enough to provide all the functionality you had before.
Does Root Canal Therapy Hurt?
Root canal therapy has had a bad reputation over the years because patients associate it with pain. However, the pain that you're experiencing is really due to the infection in your tooth and not the procedure itself.
Dr. Annan uses dental anesthetics to immediately relieve your pain and ensure that you don't feel anything during the procedure. He is highly skilled and gentle, and most patients are surprised how smooth and easy their procedure is.
If you are living with a tooth that is sensitive or aching, please don't wait to give East Cooper Smiles a call.