If you are suffering from dental pain, you may be looking for ways to alleviate your discomfort. Your dentist can prescribe the best course of action to treat you. In some cases, oral surgery may be required. 

Here are several types of oral surgery that may stop your mouth pain. 

Root Canal Therapy

When the nerves of a tooth become inflamed, they can cause a great amount of dental pain. The pain may be most pronounced when the tooth experiences bite pressure or is exposed to heat or cold. 

The nerve pain can result from any condition that irritates the dental nerves, such as a dental infection, enamel erosion, severe decay, or dental trauma. Nevertheless, regardless of the cause of the nerve irritation, the symptoms may continue to worsen until the nerves are removed. 

During root canal therapy, the pulp, which is the soft tissue that houses the dental nerves, is fully evacuated from the center of the tooth. This removal leaves the tooth hollow. Thus, a filling is subsequently applied, followed by a dental crown. 

Surgical Extraction

Extractions are often categorized as surgical or simple. A simple extraction involves the quick pulling of a tooth without the need to cut any of the soft tissues of the mouth. A surgical extraction requires the cutting of the gingival tissues. 

A surgical extraction is often needed in cases of severe decay. Sometimes, dental decay can become so severe that a tooth is no longer treatable using a root canal. Due to the decay, the crown of the tooth is likely to be so deteriorated that a simple extraction is counterindicated.

Surgical extractions may also be necessary when a wisdom tooth needs to be removed. When there is too little room for a wisdom tooth to present in the mouth properly, the tooth may become quite painful. The discomfort may stem from the pressure of the tooth pressing firmly on adjacent teeth or from dental decay.

Many wisdom teeth do not fully erupt because of the limited space in the oral cavity. A partially erupted wisdom tooth usually has a hood of gum tissue covering a portion of its crown. This tissue can trap plaque and particles of food, making decay more likely.

In some cases, a wisdom tooth may never erupt. Instead, the tooth may grow laterally beneath the gums, placing painful pressure on the other teeth. When the tooth is extracted, the pain is alleviated.

To learn more about how oral surgery can treat your dental pain, schedule a consultation with a clinic like Forest Edge Dental Care.