Inside your tooth is soft tissue containing nerves, blood and lymph vessels; known as the pulp. When the pulp cannot repair itself from disease or injury, it dies. A cracked tooth or deep cavity can allow bacteria to enter the pulp and cause pulp inflammation and death. When the pulp becomes infected, it is best to remove it before it spreads to the tooth and surrounding tissues. If the infection is not treated, an abscess can form in the root tip.
This can eventually cause damage to the bone around the teeth and spread to other parts of the body. It may be possible to save a tooth via Root Canal Treatment, otherwise the tooth may need to be extracted to alleviate the pain and to prevent further spread of infection. Some symptoms of a dead or dying tooth may present with: Spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting, hyper-Sensitivity to hot and cold foods, a swollen face or site near a tooth. A thorough examination by our dentists is essential to properly diagnosis this and other conditions and to treat these accordingly.