Tooth pain can be excruciating, significantly impacting one’s quality of life. And it often happens due to inflammation of the tooth nerve or pulp, which is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels that supply the tooth and are responsible for sensitivity. It comprises of blood vessels, nerve fibers, and connective tissue, located in the crown and root canals.
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With this in mind, if you’re experiencing any tooth pain, it’s essential to seek dental advice promptly. Waiting for the pain to intensify is not recommended. An oral examination and diagnosis will help the dentist determine if the pulp is inflamed.
If the diagnosis is confirmed, the dentist will recommend endodontic treatment, also known as root canal treatment, to remove the inflamed tissue and preserve the tooth.
Let’s take a look at the primary causes of tooth nerve pain and how to treat root canals and prevent pulp inflammation.
Pulpitis is an inflammatory disease of the root canal pulp that can occur due to various reasons:
The infection of the neurovascular bundle is treated in two ways:
This method is used at the initial stage of the disease, when the inflammatory process has only affected the upper part of the pulp – the coronal part.
The dentist removes the superficial caries, cleans the cavity, and treats it with an antiseptic. They place a healing dressing on the exposed pulp and install a filling.
The advantage of this method is that the tooth remains alive, fully nourished, and functional.
This method is used for an advanced stage of the disease when the entire pulp is inflamed. It cannot be saved.
The endodontist performs local anesthesia, opens the tooth, removes the pulp, thoroughly cleans the canals of infected tissue, and treats it with an antiseptic. The endodontic treatment is carried out under a microscope, which allows the sealing of the canals throughout their length. This helps prevent the development of a recurrent inflammation.
The advantage of this method is that the inflammatory process is completely eliminated, and the tooth continues to serve. However, without the nerve, it remains without nourishment and is more prone to decay. It is necessary to install a ceramic inlay or crown to strengthen the tooth and not have to lose it.
Suffering from a toothache? Run to the dentist. But preventing tooth problems is easier than treating them. Regular oral care and timely visits to the dentist will help maintain the health of your teeth for many years to come!
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