Causes of root canal pain
Many patients find out about problems with their root canals only after they have tooth pain. The roots of our teeth are not solid, but have hollow canals called “root canals” in the middle. Inside the root canal, there are blood vessels and nerves called pulp, which supply the tooth with nutrients. When we have a cavity, if the decay is limited to the enamel (the outer layer of the crown, which is white and translucent, the hardest calcified tissue), the patient usually does not feel pain.
It is only when bacteria invade the deeper parts of the tooth and cause the tissue around the root to become inflamed, creating pulp inflammation. The tooth will feel pain.
Can root canal pain go away automatically?
There are two types of pulpitis, one is refractory pulpitis and the other is non-refractory pulpitis. Teeth with refractory pulpitis can be healed after some time. However, patients need to take anti-inflammatory medication on their own and this pain relief is short-lived. Relapsing pulpitis can turn into non-relapsing pulpitis if the patient does not go to the dental office and the tooth remains irritated or infected by bacteria.
If the dentist determines that the tooth is refractory pulpitis. The dentist can treat the tooth and a treated tooth can eliminate the pain. If the tooth is left untreated for a long period of time it may develop into non-recoverable pulpitis and the patient will have to undergo root canal treatment.
Pain relief for root canal pain
The quickest way to get pain relief from pulpitis is to visit a dental office. By opening the pulp cavity, such as when a dentist drills a small hole in a tooth, the pressure inside the pulp cavity is relieved and the pain can be relieved quickly. If the patient is unable to get to the dental office for a while, they can try anti-inflammatory and pain medication. If the pain in the tooth is severe and the painkillers work well, the patient should go to the dental office as soon as possible.