Mysterious Toothache – My Root Canal Journey
This is the story of Vanessa’s (Editor of Vatech Times) root canal journey and how vividly she remembers the pain and treatment process.
“When I was in middle school, my favorite snack were jellies. Eating so many of them caused a lot of cavities, but they were not an issue after receiving light cavity treatments.
It was the Spring of 2017. My teeth were in good shape when suddenly, I was hit with some sharp pain. It started off as pain that felt like something was poking my gums, but my symptoms changed to a numbing sensation, as if I had received local anesthesia at the dentist’s office.
I had a hard time chewing food and drinking water. I almost went to the emergency room because taking four painkiller pills did nothing to ease the pain, but I decided to wait it out. The pain kept me awake all night.
The following morning, I decided that I needed to go see a dentist because I did not want this to interfere with my day-to-day life.
As expected, the pain was due to inflammation around the root of my tooth and I had been living with it for long enough. Luckily, the dentist was able to finish phase 1 of my root canal treatment that same day and I was freed from the excruciating pain. Root canal treatments are painful but the pain from my tooth overshadowed that, making the procedure feel like a breeze.
The clinic I visited was using Vatech’s EzSensor. A periapical image of my carious lesion tooth was taken, to observe the root section of that tooth. When taking a periapical image, the root of the affected tooth and the surrounding teeth are taken together for accurate diagnosis. There are many different types of tooth disorders, including tooth decay, pulpitis, and periapical abscess. My diagnosis was periapical inflammation.
During a root canal treatment, up to four x-ray images are taken. The initial x-ray image checks the status of the toothache. The second one measures the length of the underlying root. The third image is to observe the cleaned-out tooth, after the nerve and pulp are removed, before the tooth is filled and sealed. The last image is taken after the procedure is complete.
Tada! My pain is gone and you can see the image of my successful root canal treatment.
I highly recommend visiting your dentist, right away, if you experience any discomfort or pain. Do not be like me and wait until the last minute!