Teeth are comprised of multiple layers: a layer of protective enamel, a layer of sensitive dentin, and a layer of pulp commonly considered the tooth’s “nerve.” Each pulp chamber forms canals leading toward the tooth root tip.
These infamous root canals use your bloodstream to absorb what your tooth need and get rid of toxins. But a deep cavity or tooth fracture can open the door for bacterial infection, which can kill the pulp, stimulate blood flow, and cause increased pressure within the tooth.
This can result in severe pain and may even lead to bone loss, tooth loss, and even more severe pain. By seeing Dr. Pearce in the earliest stages of this condition, it may be possible for a root canal to save the tooth.
Easy Does It
But don’t root canals hurt? Not with today’s advances in technology and pain relief. The entire procedure can be performed comfortably and often in a single visit. We simply clean the infected canal, fill it with a biologically-inert substance, seal it, and you’re done.
Some patients may experience some soreness or slight inflammation afterwards, but these can be easily controlled with over-the-counter pain reliever. As part of your follow-up care, work on maintaining a regular brushing and flossing routine and visit our Rocklin, CA office for regular cleanings and checkups.