Ouch! Damaged Tooth
endotontics - tooth anantomy When a tooth is damaged it can often be fixed by filling the cracked enamel or recreating the missing portions of a healthy tooth. Sometimes, however, the damage goes past the outer portion of the tooth, the enamel, and inside the tooth to the tooth pulp. When the inside of the tooth is infected or inflamed it may require a root canal procedure or endodontic treatment. When a tooth’s nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other decayed debris can cause an infection or abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the roots of the tooth. An abscess occurs when the infection spreads all the way past the ends of the roots of the tooth.
What Are the Signs That a Closer Look is Needed?
  • Toothache
    This is the most common symptom that a person shows. Toothache experienced while chewing food or while drinking very cold or very hot drinks needs medical attention. If you experience pain on touch it may need to be treated with root canal.
  • Discoloration
    Sometimes teeth can become discolored from food we eat or drink, tobacco use, or the aging process. Discoloration can also be a sign of decay and bacteria.
  • Sleeping Problems
    If the tooth decay persists to the extent that it interrupts your sleep it is probably damaged. It is much better to consult a dentist early for a root canal treatment before it becomes more severe.
  • Swelling
    The body reacts to infection and bacteria in a number of ways. With tooth decay it is sometimes associated with swelling in the surrounding areas such as the gums and face.
  • Stimulating Pain
    On some occasions pain begins in one tooth, but is then stimulated in some other organs of the body, most often the ear and head. That’s right, sometimes an earache is a symptom of tooth decay.