When taking dental x-rays, some patients may find that they have a dead nerve in their tooth. Even though this may sound scary, there is no need to panic. A dead nerve does not mean your tooth will need to be extracted. At Joshua Austin, DDS MAGD FACD, Joshua Austin, DDS MAGD FACD and can help you keep your tooth with minimally-invasive treatment options.
How Do Tooth Nerves Die?
Beneath the enamel and dentin layers lies the inner chamber of your tooth which consists of dental pulp — a composition of tooth nerves, blood capillaries and connective tissues. This pulp is responsible for sustaining your teeth and helps it to grow.
When your tooth suffers a crack or a cavity, bacteria invades it and, without treatment, can travel into the inner chamber and attack the dental pulp.This cause the infection in the pulp chamber which sends pain signals.
The pulp chamber does not have the ability to regenerate and if it becomes irritated for a long time, the blood supply to the tooth nerve will be interrupted and the tooth nerve will die.
Aside from fractures and decay, repeated dental procedures as well as bruxism or teeth grinding can also result in trauma for the dental pulp, which will become inflamed, and eventually die.
What is an Abcessed Tooth Root?
The death of a tooth nerve is also often accompanied by an abcessed tooth root. An abcessed tooth root occurs when a pus-filled cavity develops at the tip of the root of the infected tooth. This is the body's defense mechanism that prevents the bacteria from spreading to other parts of your body. You may see a pimple on your gums, inner cheek, or other parts of the mouth which leads to a fistula that drains pus. This can result in bad taste in your mouth and reduction of pain.
However, an abcessed tooth can also damage the bones in your jaw and need to be treated right away.
Treatment Options for an Infected Tooth
Although a tooth nerve cannot be revitalized, we can still save your tooth with root canal treatment. This will allow us to clean out the infected pulp and infection from the tooth chamber and seal it to prevent recontamination.
Even without your tooth nerve, your tooth will continue to live because it is supported by the surrounding soft tissue. However, this tooth is now weakened and will need to be protected by a crown.
A non-vital tooth may be quite painful. That is why we recommend keeping your routine dental checkup appointments, which can help diagnose any dead nerves in your teeth. If you think your teeth are vulnerable, call us at (210) 408-7999 todayto schedule an appointment.
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