This dental health message from Designer Smiles in Fargo is a reminder that in spite of appearances, your teeth are living, breathing things.
Since teeth don’t grow and the enamel is not comprised of living cells, sometimes we forget that they are alive. Toothaches tend to remind us of this. Like other organs, teeth need a blood supply to stay alive and healthy.
Veins, arteries, lymph vessels and nerves live below the enamel and dentin in the pulp of the tooth. When the blood flow is cut off, the tooth eventually dies. What can cause blood flow issues? Injury, trauma, infection, large fillings, and multiple restorations can impact a tooth’s blood supply.
Sometimes root canal therapy is necessary to save a dead tooth. During a root canal, the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material. The final steps are the core build up and a new crown.
How do you know if you have a dead or dying tooth? It is vital to communicate with us if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage.
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