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Tooth Nerve – Dental Related Questions

Do you have pain caused from the tooth nerve and not sure what your options are? Or have you been to the dentist and now have an inflamed nerve and need to know what to do? A tooth nerve that can become infected or inflamed and cause complications. If you need additional information related to a tooth's nerve, consult with verified Experts for customized solutions to your specific situation.

Read below where Experts have answered questions for other patients like you.

Will the nerve of a tooth cause tooth pain?

Dentin that is connected to the tooth nerve can become exposed when a deep filling falls out or the dentin is compromised during a dental procedure. This pain is a result of pulpitis, an inflammation of the dental pulp. The dental pulp is the area of the tooth that houses the tooth nerve and blood vessels. When this area is irritated the nerve becomes compressed and causes the pain. When nerve inflammation is mild the process is called reverse pulpitis.

What are symptoms of nerve inflammation?

A good sign that a tooth nerve is inflamed (pulpitis) is pain. However, some may not experience any pain at all. Pain is often stimulated by cold sensation on the nerve of the tooth. When the dental pulp heals the pain subsides. If irreversible pulpits exists (severe inflammation of the dental pulp) there is no cure. Root canal treatment or tooth extraction would be needed.

Can an infected tooth’s nerve that needs an apicoectomy thicken one's saliva making it difficult to clear one's throat?

An infected nerve does not cause saliva to thicken. However, if there is an ongoing infection (perhaps the reason an apicoectomy is needed) then the person may not be feeling well or drinking enough water. This could affect salvia thickening. Rinsing with warm salt water twice a day and keeping hydrated can help thin out the saliva.

Does a broken tooth need to be extracted if the nerve is dead?

A tooth nerve that is dead results in a devitalized tooth. A dead tooth is a good breeding ground for infection. Extraction is not the only option for treatment. If the tooth is salvageable functionally and/or cosmetically then root canal therapy and restoration with a crown for example can essentially save the tooth instead of pulling it out. If the tooth is not salvageable (too decayed or non-functioning) then extraction may be needed.

If a young child knocked their front tooth killing the nerve what treatment is recommended?

There are a few options that can be used as treatment for the child’s primary tooth. It is very common for a child's tooth to become discolored when they have hit it killing the tooth nerve. The injured tooth can be veneered with thin layer of resin to mask any discoloration that is seen. It can also be covered by a crown (strip crown or polycarbonate crown). A child’s devitalized tooth can still become infected. If this occurs then treatment may include extraction. If the child is close to seven years of age then a replacement prosthetic may not be needed since the new front tooth typically comes in around that age.

Can an irritated nerve in a molar cause mucus production in sinuses?

On rare occasions an infection that may arise due to an irritated tooth nerve in the upper molars could potentially perforate into the sinus and in turn cause a sinus infection. Pain is common when there is infection or inflammation and could be mistaken for sinus pain especially if it is the upper molar causing the pain. Dental inflammation of tooth nerve does not typically cause mucous secretion so if there is doubt on whether it is the tooth nerve causing this issue or sinus infection an examination would be needed for diagnosis.

Tooth nerve complications can be concerning for anyone who is experiencing pain or complications. It is not uncommon for questions to arise before or after office hours. Experts can help answer questions about nerve pain remedies or offer additional tooth nerve information to offer clarity to your questions. Verified dental Experts are readily available to answer all your questions with customized solutions. 

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