One of the highlights of the fall season for you is Ohio State football. You’re eager to see what type of team Urban Meyer is going to display inside the “Horseshoe.” When you go to a game you have a set routine, including certain snacks that you munch on. At your last outing, though, you had an experience that concerned you. You bit down into your favorite gridiron delight only to have excruciating pain shoot up one side of your face. This wasn’t just the discomfort of brief sensitivity; it was significant pain that really got your attention. Your local dentist says that this could be a sign of severe tooth decay and that you may need root canal therapy of Dublin. Learn more about what this procedure entails and the signs that you may need it.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure that addresses severe tooth decay. It involves first making an incision into the tooth, and then clearing away dead tissue inside the pulp, which is housed in the inner area. The pulp is significant because inside it you will find the nerves that flare up and send pain signals to you when bacteria, food and drink make contact with it.
The next step is to clean the area where the dead tissue was, fill it and then seal the tooth. This restores your normal function.
Why is a Root Canal Necessary?
A root canal is necessary in situations where bacteria have encroached so far into the tooth that a basic cavity filling won’t work. This is because the latter addresses issues with enamel, while the type of decay that requires a root canal has dangerous proportions, and if untreated can lead to an abscess, tooth loss or even heart attack and stroke.
This is because everything in your body is connected through a super highway that transports blood throughout. So if there’s an infection in one area, the effects can spread elsewhere.
As is the case with all aspects of your health, early detection is a friend of yours. The quicker a problem can be identified and addressed by your dentist, the better your chances are of regaining your normal function and a state of health and wellness.
And remember that by visiting your dentist semi-annually for cleaning and examinations, you have less of a risk of suffering from advanced tooth decay, but if you find yourself in this situation, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment. There is always help available for you.
So get ready to return to the Horseshoe next fall to enjoy some great football and all the related experiences like you always have, with your newly restored tooth.
About the Author
Dr. Eric Buck received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from Miami University and then went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. A member of the American Dental Association and several other professional organizations, Dr. Buck practices at Distinctive Smiles of Dublin and can be reached for more information through his website.