This dental procedure is carried out when the innermost part of the tooth, called the nerve, becomes badly decayed and infected. If left untreated, the tooth will die, which could lead to extracting the tooth.
To save the tooth the nerve will be removed to prevent the formation of an abscess.
Explanations to why the nerve would die are:
- Decay – If decay is left untreated it will travel through the enamel and dentine of the tooth and through to the centre of the tooth to the “nerve chamber”.
- Trauma – A severe knock that infects the nerve.
- Severe Gum Disease – The gum detaches itself from the tooth creating a gap between the tooth and the gum, bacteria can then get trapped causing an infection.
- Pain – This can be anything from a constant dull ache to severe pain, or pain when biting on the tooth.
- Swelling – Swelling of the gum area surrounding the tooth.
- A Spot – Sometimes a “pimple like" spot can appear on the gum, just underneath the tooth, this is where the collection of infection/puss from the root of the tooth is draining and can leave a bad taste in your mouth.
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