You should always feel some sensation in your mouth when you brush, floss, or consume hot or cold food or beverage, whether the sensation is refreshing, painful, or burning. In fact, not feeling any sensation at all in your mouth can be as problematic as experiencing the most unbearable pains. That's because when not treated, properly numb teeth can cause severe permanent damages to your dentition.
Your teeth are riddled with blood vessels and nerves that convey nutrients and neurotransmitters around your dentition. This network of nerves and blood vessels are sensitive and receptive. When your teeth become numb, that indicates a serious dysfunction in the network of nerves and blood vessels in your mouth.
What Causes Tooth Numbness and What Should You Do About it?
The nerves and blood vessels around your teeth might come off the rails because of inflammation, tooth decay, and trauma. Tooth nerves can come under severe bacterial invasion when the enamel and dentin protecting the teeth break down. In this instance, the patient might experience sharp, shooting tooth pain and other symptoms of tooth sensitivity. But as the tooth nerves are gradually disabled, the patient might no longer feel the sharp pains and might think the sensitive teeth have gone away on its own, while a more serious problem might be brooding that could culminate in permanent tooth loss. Tooth nerves can also die or become severely damaged from physical impact like when you fall hard or chew ice excessively.
But whatever the cause might be, a dying tooth can be saved with prompt dental intervention. We use procedures like a root canal to arrest the causal infections and set the decaying teeth on the path of restoration. But in some cases, we might have to extract a dead tooth and replace it with a denture, bridges, or implant to prevent the infection from spreading to other teeth. Your chances of succeeding with numb teeth treatments critically depend on the timing of the dental intervention. Call us today and let's arrest your numb tooth and prevent permanent tooth loss.
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