Root Canal Therapy in Ephrata
Toothaches occur for a number of reasons. Food or debris caught between teeth can irritate a tooth, and biting down too hard can cause momentary discomfort. Chronic or stress related nighttime teeth grinding or clenching can lead to tooth pain. Some patients experience dental sensitivity when eating or drinking excessively hot or cold items. These toothaches are uncomfortable, but for the most part, they are easily remedied and don’t dramatically effect patients’ day to day life. When it’s time for a root canal, you’ll know the difference between an ordinary toothache and one that necessitates root canal therapy. We recommend patients reach out to us in any situation where they are experiencing dental pain or discomfort of any kind, but it’s essential that you contact Ephrata Family Dentistry immediately if your toothache is severe (painful to chew, speak, or even inhale or exhale over the tooth) or you experience lingering sensitivity to changes in temperature.
Unlike regular toothache pain, the discomfort associated with root canal therapy is more severe because decay or trauma has directly affected the nerve of the tooth.
When do I Need a Root Canal?
Unlike regular toothache pain, the discomfort associated with root canal therapy is more severe because decay or trauma has directly affected the nerve of the tooth. The inner layer of teeth is known as pulp, and the nerves are housed within this softest layer of dental tissue. When decay our damage is able to access the nerve, the result is severe pain and sensitivity. Contact us right away if you experience any of the following warning signs:
- Severe toothache can be sharp spikes of pain or constant, throbbing pain
- Sensitivity or discomfort when teeth are exposed to cold or hot items that does not abate within a few seconds
- Discoloration of a single tooth
- Swelling or sores in the gum tissue around a tooth
- Swollen face or glands
- Bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
- Fever, nausea, exhaustion, and other signs that the body is fighting infection
Does a Root Canal Hurt?
The pain associated with root canals is actually related to the preceding toothache not the procedure itself. A root canal is actually a fairly straightforward, comfortable treatment. Dr. Sean Moriarty, Dr. Suzanne Ahnquist and Dr. Justin Ngo will start by numbing the area around the tooth. Then, we drill a small hole from the top of the tooth to the center. We carefully extract the pulp and nerve tissue through this access hole, and once the damaged tissue is removed, we refill the tooth with a similar, biocompatible substance known as gutta percha. Next, we seal the access hole with filling material, and in many cases, we may place a dental crown in order to protect and strengthen the treated tooth. Following the procedure, patients may experience some mild sensitivity around the treatment site, but for the most part, they report feeling significant pain relief compared with the toothache and sensitivity they had been dealing with. For the majority of patients, an over the counter pain reliever is effective in relieving any discomfort associated with the treatment itself. Patients who needed a dental crown return to our office in a few weeks to exchange the temporary we’ll place the day of the procedure for a custom crafted dental crown.
Is a Root Canal an Emergency?
We consider root canals a dental emergency. It’s essential that patients get in touch with our team immediately, so we can begin treatment right away. We do our utmost to schedule your root canal as soon as we possibly can, and we’ll provide antibiotics or prescription pain relievers as needed to help you maintain oral and overall health.