Toothaches can range from a slight twinge when you bite down, to a dull, throbbing pain that won’t subside, even with the help of over-the-counter medication. Regardless of the severity of the discomfort you’re experiencing, you should promptly seek professional help for a toothache. Often, a toothache can be attributed to an untreated cavity or fracture, both of which can extend into the pulp at the core of your tooth. Bacteria can then invade the tooth’s core and cause infection, pressure, and pain. In cases like this, Dr. Jay Ajmo often recommends root canal treatment. Root canal treatments at our Palm Beach Gardens dental practice emphasize patient comfort by removing the source of the toothache and salvaging the healthy portions of the tooth. Contact us today to learn more.
To understand why you might need root canal treatment, you should first understand the structure of your teeth. A human tooth has three distinct layers:
The outer enamel protects the interior layers and withstands the forces of biting and chewing pressure.
The porous dentin provides the pulp with the second level of protection and transmits sensory information to the nerves within the pulp.
The pulp is housed within the central chamber of the tooth. It holds the tooth’s nerves and circulates blood, which carries nutrients and hydration to keep the tooth and its support structure healthy.
Although enamel is the strongest substance your body produces, advanced tooth decay, fractures, or traumatic injury can cause enough damage to compromise the pulp. Once exposed, the pulp is highly susceptible to bacterial infection which, if left untreated, can destroy the tooth and lead to infections in other areas of the body. Root canal therapy eliminates the source of this painful infection and restores the function of the tooth.
Dr. Ajmo takes pride in performing most root canal treatments in a single appointment. Before proceeding, he will discuss the procedure with you and together you will decide whether you would benefit from dental sedation. Once he has numbed the area and you feel completely relaxed, Dr. Ajmo will remove the infected pulp tissue. Next, he will thoroughly clean, sterilize, and dry the root chamber before filling it with a supportive, rubber-like substance called gutta percha. Finally, he will place a dental crown to protect the tooth.
At the PGA Dentistry, we practice conservative, comfortable dentistry. We strive to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible, while also eliminating the discomfort often associated with some dental procedures. Root canal therapy with Dr. Ajmo is performed using local anesthetic and, if needed, dental sedation, so that you will feel completely relaxed throughout the appointment. Many of our patients actually doze off during their root canal treatment! Although preventing oral health problems is preferable, the truth is, only one percent of humans avoid tooth decay throughout life. Wherever you are on your path to better oral health, we promise to help you along the way, so you can enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile throughout your lifetime.
Do you have a toothache or tooth sensitivity? You may have a compromised tooth that can only be saved with root canal therapy. We encourage you to contact us today and schedule an appointment for a consultation and exam with Dr. Ajmo. A toothache arising from exposed pulp will not go away on its own, and root canal therapy is your best option for relieving the pain and saving your tooth.