Tooth Nerve and Root Canals

The supposed purpose of a root canal is to cure the tooth infection in order to prevent the tooth from extraction. A tooth infection is painful because the nerve in the tooth becomes irritated. The nerve in your tooth goes through your jaw and is connected to the middle of your brain through the trigeminal nerve.

What is a Tooth Nerve?

The tooth nerve is located in the middle of the tooth. Next to the nerve in the pulp are tooth-building cells, tooth-destroying cells, blood and lymph fluids. A tooth infection is also known as a tooth abscess or root abscess. Due to a large cavity, or imbalanced bite pressures, the nerve eventually becomes inflamed. The pus-filled toxic substance drains around the nerve and causes the nerve to begin to die.

Tooth With Infected Pulp

Tooth With Infected Nerve

Sometimes tooth infections are caused or irritated by gum infections. Many times root canals are unnecessary. You will want to clean your gums well for several days with the blotting method to make sure you do not have a gum infection.

Symptoms of a Tooth Infection

  • Toothache
  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity of the teeth to hot or cold
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Breath odor 
  • Possible fever
  • Swollen glands of the neck
  • General discomfort, uneasiness, or ill feeling
  • Swollen area of the upper or lower jaw -- a very serious symptom

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Dietary Remedies For Tooth Infection

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