A toothache described as any pain, soreness, or ache in or around a tooth can be a frustrating and unpleasant experience. In addition to a sharp or dull pain, your tooth may be sensitive to temperature or painful when chewing or biting. In order to get to the bottom of your tooth pain, your doctor will consider several potential diagnoses based on your medical history, dental exam, and sometimes an imaging test, usually an X-ray.
Here is a summary of the most common causes of a toothache, ranging from tooth sensitivity and decay to serious infections, like abscess formation.
To know about root canal treatment, we need to understand the anatomy of the tooth. A tooth is hollow, like our bones, and is composed of several layers.
The outermost layer (above the gum-line) is called the enamel. Enamel is the hardest and most mineralized substance in the body which is stronger even than the Bone
Under the enamel is the middle layer called dentin. The dentin is about as hard as bone. Beneath the dentin is the innermost layer called the dental pulp which contains nerves and blood vessels. The dental pulp is the soft inner mass of the tooth. The dental pulp is housed in a canal called the root canal
The pulp is needed to nourish the tooth during its growth and development. After a tooth is fully mature, the function of the pulp is to let us know if it is damaged or infected by transmitting pain. Hence pain is the defense mechanism of the body
Due to various reasons, it becomes necessary to remove the infected pulp, clean out the root canals and fill that space with a sterile material to prevent further infection. This procedure is called Endodontic Therapy or popularly known as root canal treatment
An impacted tooth is a tooth that, for some reason, has been blocked from breaking through the gum. Sometimes a tooth may be only partially impacted, meaning it has started to break through. Oftentimes, impacted teeth cause no obvious symptoms and are only discovered during a routine X-ray at the dentist’s office.Earlier extraction of impaced teeth can also be a form of preventive measure because they preventemergence of other secondary issues of adjacent teeth.