The pulp, also called the pulp chamber, refers to the soft area within the center or the canal of your tooth. The nerve of your tooth lies within this area, and it’s what offers your tooth the sensation of cold or hot. Various things can damage your tooth’s pulp leading to serious dental complications.
Here are things that can leave you with a dying or dead pulp or nerve in your chopper:
Reasons Nerves in Teeth Die
1. Blow to the Face or Tooth
Trauma to the face or tooth can lead to a cracked or fractured chopper, fractured tooth root or an intruded tooth.
- Cracked Teeth. A sudden blow to the face can cause a cuspal fracture. Losing a part of the enamel shell may then expose the dentin, the pulp or even the root surface. Bacteria can then enter the center of the tooth leading to infections.
- Fractured Tooth Roots. A tooth injury may also fracture the root of a tooth. Blows to the face sometimes cause cracks that begin in the root and extend towards the chewing surface of the root. A root fracture can lead to infection in the dental pulp.
- Tooth Intrusion. Sometimes a blow to the face, for instance, from a sports injury can drive back a tooth into the jawbone. Some dental complications such an intrusion can cause include root resorption and destruction of pulp. The destruction of the pulp may mean tissue damaged beyond recovery or death of the pulp.
2. Repeated Dental Procedures
Repeated invasive procedures can cause significant stress on your chopper. Sometimes, repeated tooth drilling may cause its pulp to get inflamed. Irreversible swelling can lead to dead nerves.
3. Deep Tooth Decay
Decay starts when bacteria attack and demineralize the outermost surface of the tooth leading to white spots on the enamel. If demineralization continues, tooth enamel breaks down. If the cavity is not professionally cleaned and restored, the decay may reach into the tooth dentin.
From the dentin, the decay spreads and undermines the enamel. And if it’s not treated, it will eventually reach the dental pulp. If the inner tooth material gets irritated and inflamed, an abscess or fistula may form on the soft tissues.
4. Teeth Grinding
Problems caused by bruxism may include cracked enamel and broken teeth or broken dental restorations. These dental issues can allow bacteria to march through the tooth and reach the inner tooth material.
Whatever the reason for your infected tooth pulp or dead nerve, don’t panic. A dentist can save your teeth. Visit Upland root canal services so the dead nerve and pulp can be removed and the inside of your mouth cleaned and sealed.
A safe germ-free environment encases your dental pulp. Dental complications can expose the pulp tissue to invasive bacteria. The material can get infected if bacteria access it. Once your pulp tissue gets infected, there is no way it can heal on its own.
A root canal is the only way to prevent an abscess and save your natural tooth.