When A Tooth’s Nerve Dies

When A Tooth’s Nerve Dies

Jul 16, 2019

Dead tooth is a very known phenomenon. Contrary to the prevalent term, experts at Golnick Pediatric Dentistry define that Dead tooth, in fact, means a dead Tooth nerve. This happens when the nerve that carries blood to the tooth dies. It is extremely painful and involves extensive treatment. But there are a few things, you must know.

Causes of A Dead Tooth Nerve

Any person may be at the risk of having a dead tooth nerve. It is caused by any of the following factors:

  • Increased decay: Excessive decaying beyond the protective enamel of the tooth is a cause of dead tooth nerves. The removal of the protective layer makes the teeth pulp exposed which leads to disturbance to blood vessels and the nerves inside.
  • Periodontal disease: Another cause of a dead tooth nerve may be gum diseases. These diseases weaken the gums and hence, make the nerves below the tooth more susceptible to harm.
  • Trauma: Trauma can have various repercussions including cracking of teeth and cut off the blood supply via the nerve to the tooth.

What Happens with A Dead Tooth?

There are various problems that may come by leaving a dead tooth nerve untreated. Some of these are:

  • Excessive pain: Needless to say, it can cause extreme pain to the patients due to the infection and increased exposure leading to the risk of sensitivity.
  • Restricted blood flow: Blood flow to the teeth is necessary to strengthen it. After a nerve dies, the tooth continues to have restricted blood flow. This may lead to falling of the tooth eventually after a number of problems like infections.
  • Sensitivity: exposure of the nerves can also lead to sensitivity issues. These can get to the extent that consuming anything can cause tremendous pain.
  • Decay and infection: The infection in the affected part can immediately spread inside the whole mouth. This increases the problems exponentially.

It is important to remember that early treatment is the wisest option. The worse the situation is, the more painful and difficult the treatment will be. But experts at Golnick Pediatric Dentistry can treat it easily.

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