No matter how big you may be, or how much pain you have endured in the past, a single tooth ache can bring you to your knees and leave you wishing for a heaping dose of lidocaine from your dentist in Chandler, AZ. Although this may seem extreme, there is a very good reason the body has such a strong reaction to dental pain: it should never be ignored.

What Your Body Is Saying

If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, you may have a serious infection in your mouth. When left untreated, small infections often develop into abscesses, which are large areas of infection around the root of a tooth. Even though the infection may seem like it is only affecting a single tooth, bacteria receive direct access to your bloodstream through this infection. They can travel throughout your body and cause additional health problems, many of them serious. Your body’s severe reaction to this infection is its warning that you have a potentially serious problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Mild Tooth Pain

What about tooth pain that is more mild, or sensitivity to hot and cold? While you may not be experiencing the alarming pain previously mentioned, the body is still trying to warn you of a problem. You could be suffering from tooth decay or a cracked tooth, both of which can be hard for patients to detect at home, but which could cause serious long-term issues if left untreated.

The Solution

In many cases, the solution to tooth pain is a root canal. This becomes necessary to save the tooth once the pulp, or nerve of the tooth becomes infected or inflamed. When performing a root canal, Dr. Walden simply removes the pulp from the infected root, disinfects the area to remove all bacteria, fills and seals it with a rubber-like material and places a crown on top. This restores health and function to the mouth. If you are suffering from any kind of tooth pain, don’t ignore it any longer. Call Dr. Walden’s office today to schedule an appointment.