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Do I Still Need a Root Canal if My Tooth Stopped Hurting?

November 16, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dailysmiles @ 6:01 pm
a person holding their face because they have a toothache

One telltale sign that you need a root canal is if you have a persistent toothache that won’t seem to go away. If you choose to wait it out in hopes that the pain will go away, it likely will, but not because the problem disappeared. Despite your best intentions, waiting to address a tooth infection because you don’t want to receive a root canal can cause more harm than good to your smile. Read on to learn whether you need to still receive root canal therapy even if your tooth has stopped hurting.

What Causes Toothaches? 

A toothache is often the result when harmful oral bacteria gain access to the more vulnerable inner structure of teeth, but how does this happen if it’s protected by several layers? Bacteria consume sugars and carbohydrates left over whenever you chew your food, and in return, they produce waste in the form of acid that can erode enamel and allow bacteria to burrow their way deep within a tooth. When they enter the inner chamber, they’ll come into contact with the pulp, which is a collection of nerves and soft tissues—think of it as the heart of a tooth. When the pulp becomes attacked by bacteria, it causes a toothache which only a root canal can stop.  

What Does it Mean if My Tooth Stops Hurting?

If you have a tooth infection and suddenly you no longer have a toothache, it doesn’t mean that your body was able to fight off the infection. In fact, it’s likely a sign that the infection has progressed to kill the pulp, causing the pain to suddenly stop. While many patients take this as a sign that they no longer need a root canal, it may actually mean that they need a tooth extraction in order to prevent the infection from spreading to surrounding teeth.

Are Root Canals Painful?

One of the main reasons why people don’t immediately visit their emergency dentist if they have a toothache is because they’re scared that getting a root canal will be a painful and uncomfortable experience. Despite this being the treatment’s reputation, root canals actually help relieve pain, not cause more of it. Many people associate excruciating toothaches caused by infections with the treatment itself, even though that’s not the case. Before your dentist gains access to the inner chamber to sanitize and clear out any bacteria, they’ll numb your mouth so you don’t feel a thing!

Even though it may be tempting to avoid the emergency dentist at all costs if you have a toothache, this will likely put you in an even worse position, requiring you to sacrifice one of your pearly whites instead of simply treating it. By seeking timely help from a professional, you’ll be able to save yourself money, time, and stress, which is well worth it!

About the Author

Dr. Gustavo Arrechea is a highly skilled emergency dentist who is certified in Level 2 Sedation. His main focus is helping his patients get out of pain so they can go on to enjoy the rest of their day, which is why he works quickly and effectively to treat urgent dental issues, like toothaches. He also offers same-day emergency appointments as well as a $50 off emergency exams and X-rays special to help ease any additional stress his patients feel when the unexpected occurs. For questions or to schedule an emergency appointment visit Daily Smiles Dental’s website or call 214-233-9460.

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