Unlike some other kinds of pain and discomfort, when your teeth hurt, there’s no escape. Eating a delicious meal should be enjoyable, but when your teeth are damaged or decayed, it can be an incredibly painful task. Fortunately, at Jeffery A. Spilman DDS, we are here to help you. If you’re in pain in St. Petersburg, FL, we’ll take care of you and restore your teeth and gums to full health.
Damaged and Decayed Teeth Cause Pain
If you’ve broken a tooth due to injury or other trauma, this damage needs to be addressed as soon as possible. The same is true when a cavity has been allowed to progress to the point of causing pain in the tooth when chewing or drinking hot or cold beverages. In cases like this, where the tooth is damaged to the point that the nerve is exposed, a root canal can be performed to save the tooth.
Root Canal Procedures
When decay or damage reach the soft pulp of the tooth (the root canal), the root can become infected and inflamed, causing pain in and around the affected tooth. When this occurs, a root canal treatment is the only way to save the tooth and prevent the need for an extraction.
In this procedure, Dr. Spilman will numb the affected tooth for your comfort and then create an opening in its crown. Through this opening, he will use special files to gently remove infected pulp and tissue from the tooth. The root and tooth are then refilled with a sealing mixture, and a temporary filling is put in place, along with any necessary extra support to keep the tooth in good shape.
After the root canal procedure is performed, we can then take impressions and prepare the tooth for its permanent crown in the same visit. Many dentists require you to make three separate visits for the root canal, crown preparation, and crown installation, which increases the amount of time you’ll have to spend to rehabilitate your teeth. We prefer to save you time and get your teeth back to optimal health as quickly as possible.
Crowns and Bridges
After root canal treatment, you’ll need to have the affected tooth built up and repaired. With a single damaged tooth, we will install a permanent crown that will look and feel like a natural tooth. We will not only take an impression of your teeth to ensure the perfect fit for your new crown, but we will also help you select the perfect shade of porcelain to ensure a match with your other teeth. Once the process is completed, you can smile with confidence, and you should have no more difficulties or pain when chewing or drinking hot or cold beverages.
If you have one or more teeth that cannot be saved with a root canal, Dr. Spilman will most likely recommend extracting the tooth and replacing it with a bridge. Like crowns, bridges serve as permanent prosthetic teeth. However, instead of being anchored on top of the tooth it is replacing, a bridge will be anchored on the teeth adjacent to the gap made by the missing tooth.
Once the damaged tooth has been removed and the bridge has been put in place, you will be able to go back to eating anything you like again. Mealtimes will no longer be a pain, and invitations for coffee or cocktails with friends or coworkers will be something to look forward to, rather than something to dread.
If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort when chewing due to an old or damaged dental implant, Dr. Spilman can help you with this, too. We work closely with a highly qualified dental implant specialist just two miles from our office in St. Petersburg, and Dr. Spilman is an expert in implant restoration, as well.