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Is Your Tooth Nerve Damaged? When a Cavity Requires a Root Canal

Is Your Tooth Nerve Damaged? When a Cavity Requires a Root Canal

Root canal is the treatment of a tooth that has experienced irreversible damage to an extent of damaging the tooth nerve. This type of damage can be caused by trauma to the nerve or decay. In such a situation, your Beverly Hills dentist may recommend that you get a root canal. Your dentist will remove the affected tooth pulp and may also remove the nerve from your tooth, and seal it completely to ensure that you don’t experience pain again in the future. The tooth nerve doesn’t serve any specific purpose other than sensing cold, heat, and any other stimuli. Therefore, removing the nerve in your infected tooth is necessary to treat the pain caused by the decay or infection in the tooth pulp.

Some Common Causes of Root Canal Damage:

  1. An abscessed tooth due to decay
  2. Death of the tooth due to age
  3. The decay has penetrated the enamel and dentin and has attacked the pulp and nerve within the root chambers and canal
  4. A broken or chipped tooth that has left the tooth nerve exposed
  5. Untreated trauma that may have occurred in the past and progressed with time

Root canal is a necessary treatment if you want to use and prolong the life of your tooth. When left untreated, the decay can eventually cause infections and abscesses that can spread to the other healthy teeth and the whole mouth, and can cause other dental and oral complications.

How to Know When you Need a Root Canal

Firstly, you should pay keen attention to any symptoms or pain that you may be experiencing. Your Los Angeles dentist will ask you some questions during the assessment, for instance, whether or not you have experienced any pain or sensitivity. Your dentist will also examine your teeth and may suggest that you get a root canal if:

  1. You are experiencing severe pain which can sometime persist for a long time. Severe tooth aches can disrupt your sleep, and it is often caused by the death, abscission, or infection of the pulp which is located at the tip of the tooth.
  2. If you experience a severe tooth ache, especially when touching the tooth or biting down. This pain generates from the infection or inflammation at the tip of the tooth root and it feels the pressure exerted to it when it’s pressed down to its socket.
  3. If your teeth are sensitive to cold even during the absence of the stimuli, for instance, a glass of cold water. However, in some cases it is normal for teeth to become sensitive to cold, especially after you have taken sugary foods or drinks such as ice cream, but normal sensitivity will often disappear quickly.
  4. Sensitivity to heat is also a good indicator that your tooth pulp has been damaged.
  5. Experiencing pain that radiates into your ear, jaw, and even the temple areas.
  6. Abscesses or swelling of the gum holding the damaged tooth which often takes the shape of a pimple, and in some cases it may discharge pus, create an unpleasant taste, and bad smell in your mouth.
  7. Chipped or broken tooth which signifies that your tooth has been damaged and it can cause pain.
  8. Cracking of teeth and cavities.

Although these symptoms may indicate that you need a root canal, you may sometimes have no symptoms and still require a root canal. Sometimes a tooth will have died and remain intact in its socket, and because the nerves are also dead they will not send any pain signals to your brain.

In case you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed, make sure you contact our best dentist, Bruce Vafa, DDS and schedule a free dental consultation as soon as possible.