Why do I have a Toothache?

Whenever the pulp layer in the tooth gets irritated or injured, it might get inflamed and painful. This inflammation is referred to as pulpitis. Treating this condition in the appropriate manner can provide relief from discomfort and restores oral health. In simpler terms, pulpitis is a toothache caused by a bacteria infection.


The Symptoms of Pulpitis

You will know you have an inflamed tooth if:

  • The tooth feels sensitive to heat, cold/pressure
  • There is pain in the tooth while biting/chewing
  • The tooth throbs with pain
  • There is swelling in the area
  • The tooth is shaky
  • There is a bad taste in the mouth
  • You have a toothache

There are times when no symptoms exist and you might not even be aware that your tooth is infected with pulpitis. The infection of the pulpitis puts a lot of pressure on your teeth making it very difficult for you to pinpoint exactly where the tooth pain may be originating from.


The Causes of Pulpitis

The pulp of the tooth is essentially soft tissue that has blood vessels and nerves. The pulp chamber stretches from the core of the tooth right to the roots and it holds the pulp. There are various reasons why the pulp gets inflamed. Placing a restoration like a crown/filling very close to the tooth pulp or an injury can result in inflammation.

In cases such as these, the pulp sometimes soothes down by itself, while in others it might just get infected and die. Tooth decay damages the outer layers of teeth and bacteria can infect the pulp. There are times when there is no plausible explanation for an infection.


Diagnosis & Treatment of Pulpitis

We carry out a thorough examination to ascertain what the best treatment for the pulpitis should be. We might take x-rays of the affected area or use a pulp tester to check whether the pulp is healthy. We also apply hot and cold stimulus or tap the tooth lightly to check its sensitivity level and look for discolouration or any evidence of pain in the gums surrounding the tooth.

If we find that the pulp has a mild inflammation, treatments that will alleviate the discomfort and hasten the healing process, will be recommended. If the pulp is infected and cannot heal itself, we will suggest that root canal therapy be carried out. This will remove the infection and the tooth can be saved.

Call Dr. Mansbridge regarding pulpitis treatment at (905) 662-6700 or reach us at 800 Queenston Road Suite 18, Stoney Creek, ON. We are open every day but Sunday, and are always accepting new clients. Dr. Mansbridge specializes in full family service, so we can schedule appointments where we see the family in one visit (saving you time as you can get looked after on the same day as your children).


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