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Do you have a toothache? Worried about root canal?

A toothache may be caused due to one of several reasons. The cause may be as simple as flossing too hard or it may be due to an inflamed nerve tissue deep inside the tooth.

Deep within the roots of your teeth run canals. Pulp and nerve within each tooth's canal bring all of the nutrients your tooth needs to stay alive and healthy. When the pulp and nerve are damaged, or irritated, a tooth can die. This poses a risk for infection and can be extremely painful. Cracks, fractures decay, large old fillings and other factors can contribute to nerve damage in a tooth.

This scenario has two outcomes – remove the dead (non-vital) or dying (inflamed) tooth or remove only the pulp within the tooth. Root canal therapy, when possible, is the most conservative option. Many people think that a root canal is painful. However, the pain is caused not by the procedure, but by the inflamed and damaged nerve within the canal or any inflammation or infection that has reached the bone. Once the nerve is removed, and the infection is cleaned out, pain subsides. Pain killers and antibiotics are prescribed as required, to keep you comfortable.

How can you keep a dead tooth – a tooth without a nerve? We will fill the root's canal with a manmade material to keep infection from entering the tooth. Most often, a porcelain crown seals off the affected tooth to restore structure and function.

If you've been told that you need a root canal, or if you have a severe toothache, don’t delay. Time will not heal this problem. Call (425) 558-ENSO (3676) and schedule an emergency / limited exam, ASAP.