You may not realize it, but your tooth leads a rich inner life. Sure, from the outside, it’s the strong, silent type, like a sentinel standing on a pink hill. But on the inside, your tooth is a big softy. We mean this literally; your tooth is filled with porous tissue called pulp that needs to be protected by the hard enamel that surrounds it. So unlike with people, it’s most healthy for your tooth’s inner life to remain inside.
But cases exist where you need to worry about the inner parts of a tooth, especially about the outside getting in. This usually happens when it has suffered damage from decay, an accident, or a combination of the two. That’s when you should call the team at Antelope Creek Family Dentistry.
Symptoms That Might Mean You Need Root Canal Therapy
Sometimes tooth damage has progressed to become a danger to your whole tooth. Here are some tell-tale signs:
- Severe tooth and/or jaw pain
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold
- Swollen gums near the problem tooth
- Pain in your facial muscles
- Elevated temperature
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, your inner tooth may be in trouble.
Know Your Tooth Better
In general, we divide any tooth into three parts: the crown, the neck, and the root. The visible part of the tooth, you know and love, is the crown. Your tooth is connected to your jaw is called the root, with the neck being the portion that connects the root and crown. Inside your tooth root is a thin passageway, or canal, which acts as a conduit for the nerves and blood vessels that keep your tooth alive.
Your tooth enamel remains strong enough to protect your living inner tooth and the root connectors when you have a healthy mouth. But if any damage has broken through, then the pulp tissue can become overrun by bacteria. As this infection progresses, it can penetrate the root and threaten to kill your tooth.
At this point, your dentist at Antelope Creek Family Dentistry will recommend root canal therapy to seal the inner parts of your tooth permanently.
Root Canal Therapy in Lincoln, NE
If you are suffering tooth pain caused by a threat to the life of your inner tooth, we invite you to contact one of our dental offices and save your tooth today.