What’s causing my toothache?!

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The best way to avoid a toothache is to keep your mouth clean! An electric toothbrush, such as a Sonicare or an Oral B can do a great job keeping away the plaque and tooth decay!

If you’ve ever had a toothache, you know that they aren’t a whole lot of fun. Several factors can cause a toothache, the most common being Pulpitis brought on by extensive tooth decay. Pulpitis is an inflammation of the innermost layer of your tooth (the pulp). This layer is where your nerves and blood vessels are found in the tooth. When tooth decay extends past the outer two layers of your tooth (enamel and dentin), it creates a pathway for bacteria to enter your pulp. In attempt to take care of the bacteria, your body causes inflammation of the pulp tissue. Since the pulp is surrounded by dentin, a harder substance, the inflammation has nowhere to go and puts pressure on the nerves in your pulp, thus causing the toothache.

If the Pulpits (swelling of the pulp) is extensive, it can be very difficult for you to know where exactly the pain is coming from. You may think it is coming from a different tooth. You may be experiencing increased sensitivity to stimuli, as well as a throbbing pain for a prolonged period of time. Through the use of radiographs, hot/cold tests, and electric stimulation, your dentist will be able to locate the culprit and treat it properly.

There are two types of Pulpitis: Reversible and irreversible.

Reversible Pulpitis – This usually occurs when you have extensive tooth decay, but the decay has not yet reached the pulp. This causes an increase in sensitivity of the pulp, but drilling out the decay and filling it with a composite material usually fixes the problem.

Irreversible Pulpitis – In this case, irreparable damage has occurred in the innermost layer of your tooth. The only solution in this case is to perform a root canal. In a root canal, the pulp is extracted from inside your tooth, and replaced with a material called gutta percha. Once the pulp is removed, the tooth no longer contains blood vessels or nerves and is termed “non-vital” or dead. A dead tooth may remain in your mouth for years without any complications, but without performing a root canal, the tooth may cause large amounts of pain. Blood may also pool inside the tooth causing the color to darken.

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